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athlete of the month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our September, 2014 Athlete of the Month is: Mike Blankenship!

Our interview with Mike….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: I live in Sugar Grove with my wife Jackie and our 2 kids. We both grew up in Wheaton and have been together for 17 years – married for 12.   

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Occupation? I own a pavement striping company called Elite Markings, LLC. We apply striping to roads and parking lots.

What are some of your hobbies & interests? Family obligations consume most of my free time. But when I happen to get some free time I like golfing, playing baseball and softball, fishing, and sitting around the bonfire drinking beers with friends and family.

When did you start CrossFitting? October 2012

Main reason for joining BBCF? I was never big into working out. I started going to the community center gym in my early 30’s and did that for a year or so, then got bored with it. I was looking for something else. My friends Brendan and Angela Conway would talk about BBCF every time I saw them. They told me that the workouts were so intense they made you sick. They also mentioned that you compete against other people. Since I’m a competitive person who enjoys vomiting, I thought I’d give it a try.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? Why did I eat 2 bowls of oatmeal right before I came here? 

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” Ernest Hemingway   

What is your fitness background? I played baseball when I was younger. Besides that I was really big into skateboarding. I had to stop when I was 22 because I fell so hard I fractured two vertebrae. I learned that, as an adult, missing work due to injury from skateboarding is frowned upon.  

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? I like the competitive atmosphere. Whether you’re competing against yourself or someone else, it’s always a great motivator. 

How has BBCF changed your life? It’s made me a better planner. I’m able to plan my entire day around working out. Not sure if that’s a good thing though.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? I’ve seen myself getting faster and stronger.

What are your future training goals? I’d like to do a few competitions.

What is your cheat meal of choice? Pizza, beer, and bratwurst.

Favorite sport or activity? Baseball  

Recent adventure you’re planning? We just got back from the one we were planning – our annual family get together. 21 of us stayed in a house in Wisconsin and had a great time. It’ll take a while to sweat out all the poison from that trip.    

Tell us something we don’t know about you?  I was once featured in a skateboarding magazine.

What is your favorite workout? It didn’t have a name, but it was the AMRAP with back squats, 50m overhead barbell carry, front squats, 50m overhead barbell carry.  

What is your favorite lift? Front/back squats.

What is your LEAST favorite workout? Old School. Terrible.  

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? The Seven.  

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? The Freedom Challenge was great. I liked that everyone on the team fed off each other and pushed each other to give all they had.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining BBCF? First, listen to what Dave, Melissa and the other coaches have to say – they’re there to help you get better. Second, the only way to get better is to push yourself through the point where you think you’ve had enough. Last, people that don’t CrossFit really don’t want to hear about your workout, so save your breath.

athlete of the month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series. Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete. Our August, 2014 Athlete of the Month is Jeff Downs!

Before I start this interview, I would like to take a second to thank some people and share something, first and foremost I would like to thank Dave and Melissa, for always telling me to stay on my heels and to keep moving; I like to let my ADHD get the best of me and during those long workouts they keep me on track. I would also like to thank them for the level of programming they bring, a box is only as good as the program that is set and Dave and Melissa have to be up there with some of the top elite boxes. I would like to thank the members of the 3:30 class. I would also like to thank every person that walks into BBCF, we might not know each other and get along or whatever, but we are all special because we do something very few are willing to do. We push ourselves to the edge, doing Crossfit puts you on a different level and for that it makes us all unique. I would also like to thank all the people that haven’t killed me with the wrong end of a med ball, there have been several. I have been able to float around and go to different hours and meet a lot of people so I hope you enjoy this; and for the 5-10 minutes of your life you won’t get back reading this I am sorry and if you want I will allow one pvc strike to make up for it.

Our interview with Jeff….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: 

I am the youngest of two, it’s me and my sister Danielle. She’s married to her husband Jack and they are the parents of my two nieces and two nephews: Kyleigh(13), Jillian(8), Jackson(would be 10 – passed away do to sids at 6 months) and Christian(3 – who has a rare disease called transverse myelitis). I am in awe of my sister for what she has gone through and how she keeps on being the best mother and person. My parents, Debi and Lee, without them and one faithful night I would not be here, so thanks. I currently cohabitate with my girlfriend Rebecca of one year and according to Troy Moffet we have 4 years and 11 months until we are common law.

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Occupation?

I am a local 150 operating engineer. Currently I am employed at Badger Daylighting. I do hydro excavating, so if you see one of our trucks, get away as fast as possible for your own safety.

What are some of your hobbies & interests?

I am real into antiquing and wine tasting, it’s more than a hobby, it’s my passion in life. I am into baseball, a huge Yankees fan. I follow anything MMA, I know a lot of useless info about both. Shooting is another thing I enjoy. And Crossfit, doing it, talking about it, thinking about it, or reading about it.

When did you start CrossFitting?

It will be 2 and half years in October.

Main reason for joining BBCF?

I had been roaming around this thing called the internet, and not what you’re thinking, and starting checking out blogs and peoples ramblings, kinda like this interview, and a small bunch of men and women that probably live in their parent’s basements were raving about Crossfit and this guy Greg Glassmen. I dove deeper, then completely dismissed it. Then I was driving down rt 47 and saw this tall goofy guy (Jason) doing a farmers carry with barbells and some plates – and he dropped them and they bounced. I said I am good at dropping things I am in; man was that a bad idea.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?

Out of all the dumbest things you done Jeff, this has to be it. Mike Martin is over there doing 500 pound deadlift and you can’t even do a pull-up. I had a band and Melissa helping me. I also a never apologized for sweating all over her, I’m sorry. When I left I said this is the true definition of what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?

The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.

 What is your fitness background?

Basically hanging out at the YMCA doing curls and hitting the elliptical.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?

That I don’t have to think, I walk in do the work, leave an ocean of sweat and then go home.

How has BBCF changed your life?

It has given me something to belong to a community of people that are all different and come together to push themselves. It’s given me an outlet for my energy and has probably added years to my life to the dismay of others.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF?

Well I can do a pull-up, I have lost a ton of fat and added muscle. I know it sounds cliché, but I am bigger, faster and stronger.

What are your future training goals?

Just keep the progression and keep getting better.

What is your cheat meal of choice?

Pretty much anything at the Hostess aisle at your local 7 11 Twinkies, cupcakes, honey buns…

Favorite sport or activity?

Crossfit and sleeping.  

Recent adventure you’re planning?

Rebecca and I plan on taking a hot air balloon ride and she wants to try indoor skydiving.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?

A little known fact is that read/listen to a ton of books, it really helps with my road rage.

What is your favorite workout?

The seven, it pays tribute to men and women that Dave knew and respected. They should be hailed as heroes and tribute should be paid to them and all the men and women of the military, police, firemen and all first responders.

What is your favorite lift?

Deadlift, it’s the only one I see stars on after going heavy.

What is your LEAST favorite workout?

Anything with running.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?

It’s one that Jordan Roberts and I did, it was row 2000, 50 burpees, row 1500, 30 burpees, row 1000, 20 burpees, row 500, then finish with 10 burpees. He killed me, I mean I was in the middle of my 1000 row and he was done, he stood there with me until I was done.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments?

There are way too many to share plus I’ve been pretty long winded I will spare you all.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining BBCF?

Just keep working at it, it’s a craft and if you really want to be a master of it, study it and live it. If you are good to it, it will be good to you. Also if you don’t know something ask, people love to talk about Crossfit, just don’t ask me, I talk too much.

athlete of the month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series. Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete. Our July, 2014 Athlete of the Month is: Darcie Fitzgerald

Our interview with Darcie….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family:
I married my High School sweetheart Rory. In September we will be celebrating our 10 yr anniversary. we have two amazing boys. Owen who is 8 and Sawyer who is 7. We have a brussle griffon named charlie and a sulcata tortoise named Billy

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Occupation?

I am a hairstylist I have a salon suite above tap house in oswego.

What are some of your hobbies & interests
It would be hair CrossFit and I love to spray paint.

When did you start CrossFitting?

Actually in Aug it will be three yrs. Shhhh! I like to say one that way I look like I’m ok at it.

Main reason for joining BBCF?

My friend asked me to join her because we signed up for warrior dash and thought it would help us. But I said I would only do it for one month with her.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?

Are they kidding do they want me to quit now.? These people are crazy! Where are my car keys? Omg I think I’m gonna cry right after I throw up… I honestly only went back for my friend .

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

What is your fitness background?

Does chasing boys and seeking out of my house as teen count as fitness?

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?

Its definitely all the people at the gym. I love how everyone cheers everyone

Ho w  h a s  B B C F  c h a n g e d  y o u r  l i f e ?

I definitely have more confidence. before I wouldn’t even go to my mailbox without makeup on. And you would never catch me in sweats. Now I don’t care. That sounds so silly but it has made my life so much easier.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF?
I’m definitely a much stronger person physically and mentally.

What are your future training goals?
To be able to do wall balls n to stop muscling up cleans

What is your cheat meal of choice?
BEER and tacos
Favorite sport or activity?
I love basketball.
Recent adventure you’re planning?
The family is going to mexico in august.
Tell us something we don’t know about you?
I would say I’m a open book.
What is your favorite workout?
Crossfit poker
What is your favorite lift?
Deadlifts and bench press
What is your LEAST favorite workout?
Anything with wallballs.
What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?

There was a workout with pullups and Michelle Moffett and I just figured out how to kipping that week but we could only do a couple. but somehow we were able to rx that workout. Both of our hands were torn up so bad but we were smiling from ear to ear after.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? When I hit 300# on my deadlift.
What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining BBCF?

Just stick with it. Don’t beat yourself up cause your not good in the beginning.And your still better then then the people sitting on there couch.

athlete of the month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our June 2014 Athlete of the Month is: Kathy Kostos!

Our interview with Kathy….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: I have been married for 28 years to my husband Mark.  I have two children Stephen who is 28 and Erin 26.   

Occupation?  Director of Assessment and Data for West Aurora School District

What are some of your hobbies & interests? I love baseball, baking, reading and working out.

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When did you start CrossFitting?  I started at Bare Bones in January 2013.  Pam Penney kept encouraging me to join and I am so glad she did, I love it!

Main reason for joining BBCF?   Pam Penney and I often discussed our workouts and fitness in general.  She kept telling me about Bare Bones and encouraging me to try it.  I finally decided to give it a try because I thought working out in a group and having more directions would be more beneficial and fun. 

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?  I remember doing it, but mostly I remember having to go outside to run when it was freezing cold and very dark at 5:30 am. 

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?  My dad always says “you are only as old as you feel” I definitely understand that now and at 50 I feel better than ever.   

What is your fitness background?  I have always worked out on a regular basis but mostly I ran and did fitness classes like spinning and aerobics.  I had never lifted weights in my life until I joined CrossFit. 

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?  The community, especially the 5:30 am class!

How has BBCF changed your life?  It has made me more confident, I love challenging myself and it makes it much easier when others are encouraging you. 

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? My fitness levels overall have improved but most of all I have gotten much stronger.   

What are your future training goals?  I want to continue to improve and push myself to work harder. 

What is your cheat meal of choice?  Chips, salsa and guacamole are my favorite!

Favorite sport or activity?   My favorite sport to watch is baseball and my favorite sport to participate is CrossFit. 

Recent adventure you’re planning?   I am going white water rafting next week in West Virginia.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?  I have lived on three continents.

What is your favorite workout?  CrossFit Poker

What is your favorite lift? Push Press

What is your LEAST favorite workout?  Strength days

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? Of course the “Fabulous Fifties” on my birthday last month

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments?  the day I finally got over the Wall and the day I finally climbed the Rope

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining BBCF?  Be committed

Thank you to all the coaches for all of your support and encouragement.  Thanks to everyone in the 5:30 am class, I look forward to working out with all of you each day. 

athlete of the month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our May 2014 Athlete of the Month is: Zach Wright!

Our interview with Zach….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family:  This summer I will have been married 14 years to my beautiful wife Angela.  We have three kids… Luke 10, McKenna 7 & Hudson 2.  My wife and I both grew up in Missouri.  We have lived in the Chicago area since 2001.  We have called Yorkville home for the last seven years. 

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Occupation? I have worked for Wal-Mart for 20 years.  On Friday I just accepted a promotion opportunity that will be moving us back to Missouri.  I will be over the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market stores in Kansas City and Springfield, MO.  Yes, know that I have made it to the top of the Barebones Mountain… I am officially cancelling my membership and moving.  It is crazy timing and right now we are still in shock.  It is going to be a great move to get close to family.  The tough part is Yorkville is all our kids have known. 

What are some of your hobbies & interests?  With three kids we are pretty busy, but as a family we love to vacation.  We are fortunate to get to some place warm several times a year.  We also bought a camper last year and plan on camping quite a bit this year.

When did you start CrossFitting?  September 2011

Main reason for joining BBCF?   My wife was interested and thought that I would like it.  I was kind of curious because my neighbor (Doc Nate) was always talking about being sore from these crossfit workouts.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?  First of all I had no idea I would be doing a workout the first day.  Immediately upon completion I remember thinking it would be really nice if I could throw up.  I knew it would make me feel better.  Inside I could not wait to get started, because something that made me sick like that had to be awesome.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?  God Never Fails…

What is your fitness background?  Track and Football growing up… I have always been able to play about any sport.  Growing up I was always the fast guy.  Two school records in track and field and I was an option Quarterback in my football days.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?  I love working out early in the morning to start my day off.  You walk around the rest of the day with every muscle tired and sore and it just makes me feel alive.  I love the competition.  Whether it is a benchmark, the clock, other athletes, or yourself… you are always competing against something or someone.  As you leave behind the glory days of childhood athletics it has filled in a really nice void for me. 

How has BBCF changed your life?  Like a lot of people I am in the best shape of my life.  I am lifting more, more lean and I feel I am as fast as I ever was.  I also enjoy the mental aspect of crossfit.  Whether it is strategy of just trying to tell yourself to keep going it always keeps your mind busy.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF?  I feel so much  more efficient at all of my olympic lifts. 

What are your future training goals?  With my busy schedule I would like to carve out some time to get better or more efficient at different skills: muscle ups, snatch, butterfly pull ups etc… I just need more time to practice efficiency.  That’s the beauty of crossfit you are always trying to improve something.

What is your cheat meal of choice?  Probably a Beer.

Favorite sport or activity?  The entire family loves watching football together.  What guy wouldn’t want a wife that loves watching football?

Recent adventure you’re planning?  With the move in a few weeks it will be a crazy summer but we are going to try to make it to a beach this summer.  Probably Mexico or the Dominican Republic.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?  When I was 8, I was on an album nominated for a Grammy… Really

What is your favorite workout?  Anything with running and BW Body Weight…. I really like the Murph.  I will also leave Barbones as the reigning champ of “Connecticut strong” workout. 

What is your favorite lift?  Powerclean… it’s the perfect lift.

What is your LEAST favorite workout?  I cannot say I have one.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?  I have a few… the first crazy one I did was “Gator”  front squats and ring pushups.  About a half hour after I got home my forearm swelled like twice the normal size.  It didn’t hurt and was fine the next day.  My wife and people at work thought I was crazy, but I was absolutely sucked in from that point on.  Also all the Hero workouts are unique in their own way. 

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments?  We had an event where we did the Murph.  I remember coming in and my first mile was 5:08.  I finished the entire thing in just under 32 minutes.  I couldn’t  believe that I had physically gotten to the point of being able to do that.  It was a great feeling.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining BBCF?  You get what you give… everybody has different plans and goals.  For me it is a blast every time I get the opportunity to do a WOD.  I should be around for a little while still but it has been great getting to know everyone at Barebones and I will really miss my 5:30 class.

athlete of the month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our APRIL 2014 Athlete of the Month is: Eva Kiest

Our interview with Eva….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family:  I have a little sister Alyssa who’s 9. I have 3 lizards, a cat that likes to hunt mice and 2 dogs I love to death.  

Occupation? I’m currently in 8th grade at Traughber Jr. High, and starting High School next year at Aurora Christian.

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What are some of your hobbies & interests? I love the outdoors, anywhere from hiking, to shooting, to dirt bike riding.

When did you start CrossFitting?  I started CrossFit in my basement when I was 10. I am now 14.

Main reason for joining BBCF?   My parents started doing it, and it looked really interesting to me as a ten year old.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? I actually don’t remember.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13.

What is your fitness background?  I played soccer for 5+ years, then played basketball for 2 years.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?  I love the community. Also working out with teens my age really pushes me to go harder and do better. I also love competing against adults and other kids my age nation wide.

How has BBCF changed your life?  It has made me more confident. It has become my favorite sport.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF: When I first started in my basement, Coach Jason and I had a bet to see who could get their first unassisted pull up… I remember I was on the blue band and he was on green.. it took me about 3 weeks, but I finally got my first pull up without assistance! Right after that, I wanted to get more into CrossFit.

What are your future training goals?  My biggest goal is to go to the CrossFit games and train with the top people.

What is your cheat meal of choice? Pizza

Favorite sport or activity?  CrossFit.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?  Sometimes I feel lazy and just want to sit up in my room and eat cheese and crackers.  (I have issues)

What is your favorite workout?  Anything with pull ups or muscle ups.

What is your favorite lift? Cleans and snatches

What is your LEAST favorite workout?  Anything with overhead squats or front squats.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?  I really liked the Freedom Challenge. I loved competing with my closest friends on the same team.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? When I won the Arnold Classic in Ohio, and when I got my first muscle up.

athlete of the month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our March 2014 athlete of the month is Bonnie Taylor!

Our interview with Bonnie….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family:  My husband Scott and I have 6 girls, Ages 8-29 and 1 Granddaughter. Corrine Hannigan is my oldest also goes to BBCF. Scott is my biggest support!!

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Occupation? Hair Stylist. I work out of my home and I use all organic products.  I also work a day at a nursing home and a day at a retirement home doing hair. 

What are some of your hobbies & interests? I love to be with my family, making Sunday dinner, cooking out on the grill and watching movies. I have a huge passion for health and nutrition, so I also read a lot.

When did you start CrossFitting?  August 2012

Main reason for joining BBCF?   To get in better shape, I knew I needed accountability to get in better shape!

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?  I didn’t think it was too bad in the beginning, I was already working out with Doc Nate doing Maximized Living workouts. Lifting was more challenging. Never lifting before I was scare.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?   This too shall pass.

What is your fitness background?  Worked out at the Y, in my basement and running.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?  Variety, everyday is different and the support from coaches and class.

How has BBCF changed your life?  I have found I have more energy, less depression. With the encouragement from my class and coaches I can do things I never thought possible… rope climb, the wall, I can do summersaults with my 8 year old and my Granddaughter. I have more strength than ever before.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF  I have dropped 3 sizes, 25lb,  I am now the same size as I was in high school but a lot more muscle. I have improved a lot in my times and lifts  as well.

What are your future training goals?  Pull ups, pistols and more than 3 double unders, get over the fear of failing so I can compete in a competition. Waiting for my sister-in-law to do it with me! Lisa Feltz BBCF member. I keep hoping that things will change for my husband so he can be at the box with me!

What is your cheat meal of choice? Chips and dip, Onions rings with a bacon cheeseburger

Favorite sport or activity?   Team Penning (with horses) Water skiing, and Hiking in the mountains with my family.

Recent adventure you’re planning?   Climbing another mountain and snow ski trip

Tell us something we don’t know about you?  8 years ago my daughter Candra Cox died from a 4 wheeler accident. She was 13. You may wonder how do can one go on? Its only by faith in knowing that his ways our not are ways. And I will be with her again.

What is your favorite workout?  Obstacle course and WODs outside

What is your favorite lift? Clean and jerk

What is your LEAST favorite workout?  Don’t have a least favorite work out but I hate wall balls, they are the hardest thing for me.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?  Was when I first started Crossfit and I beat my son in law in a WOD (Shawn Hannigan) J

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? There are so many special things about BBCF, it has become my mid-life crisis addiction.  I would love to be there more often! Climbing the rope and climbing the wall were such a high for me and I don’t think either of them would of happened if my class/coach were there supporting me. I love my 5:30 am class! This is the only social time I get some weeks.      

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining crossfit. Do a challenge even if you are at your perfect weight!! Work at eating clean!! I love doing the challenges!

Thank You Dave and Melissa for creating such a great box! Thank you Coach Dave S. and Jordan, You guys are the greatest! I do not feel worthy of this honor, there are so many great athletes here that I look up to. I love BBCF!!!!

athlete of the month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our February 2014 Athlete of the Month is: Bob Dore!

Our interview with Bob….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family:  First of all, I REALLY do not believe I deserve this honor. I am the oldest of seven. My mother was born on a farm in what is now unincorporated Oswego and I still have family in the Fox Valley region.  I was born in Chicago and raised in the western suburbs. And I’m the generous Uncle to six nieces and a nephew. I live in Yorkville, which I lovingly call Hooterville, and I see Fred and Arnold Ziffle out and about at various hotspots in town. 

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Occupation?   Attorney

What are some of your hobbies & interests?  Riding my motorcycle (I don’t do it enough) and relaxing in north central Wisconsin fishing and kicking back with friends. Nothing more peaceful than the quiet still of the woods, a fire, a beverage in one hand, a cigar in the other and the call of the loon on the lake at sunset. (the bird, not my friend PMS).  Other than those two things, I love spending time with my family.

When did you start CrossFitting?  November 2011-just before Thanksgiving.

Main reason for joining BBCF?   I had an extensive weight training background when I was younger and I continued to train “heavy” as I grew older. I was putting in too many hours at work during the week and trying to catch up on the workouts on the weekend, but it wasn’t effective and I was gaining more weight. I need to thank Courtney and Dan Transier for convincing me to join BBCF. I realized that I needed to change what I was doing and make a commitment to myself.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?   That I was more out of shape than I knew. The running was brutal for me and I had gained so much weight that I had to use a band for pull-ups. Better yet- Melissa, what were your thoughts? Melissa seemed surprised that I actually showed up for workout number two.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” and “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

What is your fitness background?  I played baseball, basketball and football into high school. I was a Nautilus instructor in the early 80’s while in college. I started weight training with a competitive bodybuilder in college and actually competed in the NPC Illinois Championship in 1984 and 1986.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? Being a member of the Barebones Crossfit Community. I am so impressed by how hard the members work at each WOD when they arrive at the Box. We all come from different athletic backgrounds and our ages range from the amazing Zach DeCastro to myself and others in the same age range. They all arrive with goals to improve and hit it hard from the time the clock beeps the countdown until they’re done.  It’s great to workout with such dedicated and understanding people and it makes any pain easier to endure because everyone encourages the effort to improve. I have to thank Pat Stearns (PMS) and Cary Kubiak from the great 7:30 p.m. class for their help and encouragement. When I was dragging and trying to finish WODs, especially WODs’ that involved running, they would run back out on the course to find me, and run in with me, pushing me to finish faster. Then, on many occasions, we would go back out and run more after the workout was over.

How has BBCF changed your life?  At 54 years of age, I’m in better shape than I was 15 years ago. I was a lot stronger back then, but I know I’m healthier now. There’s much more to being healthy than being strong and fat. It’s been a humbling experience to learn how to eat correctly, train to build strength in all areas of my body and to work on my lack of flexibility.  

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF?  I’m 33 pounds lighter than when I started at BBCF. I look forward to getting to the Box to workout after a long day at work and getting together with dedicated people who work hard and inspire me to push myself that extra notch.

What are your future training goals?  I want to train harder and smarter and lose another 15 pounds. I will continue to try to work on my flexibility and get those Overhead Squats down. I want to improve on handstand pushups and want to achieve a muscle up!

What is your cheat meal of choice? Guinness, the bread of life.  And a Bristol Tap burger.

Favorite sport or activity?   I love watching college hoops. I enjoy helping at BBCF challenge events and I’ve been taking advantage of being so close to the river by going kayaking once in a while.

Recent adventure you’re planning?   I’m trying to get a group of friends together to take a rafting trip on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon this year.

Tell us something we don’t know about you.  You’d never believe that I ran the Chicago Marathon twice in 1980 and 1981. I bought my first Olympic weight set in late 1981 and that was it for running. 

What is your favorite workout?  Murph. I have even more respect for Lt. Mike Murphy and his sacrifice after reading Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell’s book “Lone Survivor.” I also enjoy pushing myself to improve doing Fran.

What is your favorite lift?  Probably deadlift.

What is your LEAST favorite workout?  Anything that involves running. I know that I need to run to improve my endurance, so I push myself to get better.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?  The Seven and the first time I did “Murph.”

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? I was really reluctant to come to Group WODs on the weekend when I first started because my endurance was so poor and I was so bad at running. I didn’t want to be a drag on the group/team performance. I was once paired with Nate Strausberger and Zach DeCarlo and the last element was running. Zach had to leave early and Nate and I had to finish. I was gassed as we started the run and Nate encouraged me through that run and helped get me to that finish. It made an impression on me that has stayed with me to this day.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining BBCF?  Don’t give up, listen to the coaches and give yourself time to improve. CrossFit will expose any weakness you have and give you the tools and exercises to improve. Everyone comes into CrossFit with a different level of athletic ability and skills. Challenge yourself and become a member of a wonderful community and family.  

athlete of the month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our JANUARY 2014 Athlete of the Month is: PAT STEARNS, AKA PMS!

Our interview with Pat….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: 

First off…Dave & Melissa must be running out of actual “athletes” to make the AOM.  That or they’ve changed the criteria for 2014 and have place a larger importance on factors such as “hilarious-ness”, “creeper staches” and “weird outfits”.

I live in Dorkville with my wife Tina, my daughter Kyla, our dog Buster and we’re expecting another child in February.  Kyla is a ginger but my wife hates when I make jokes about that.  Tina can be kind of bossy.  I don’t understand why people always say “She must be a saint to be married to you.”  What does that even mean?!? PMS are my actual initials, my parents must’ve hated me.

AOM PAT STEARNS

Occupation?

I run the recruiting department at a Software as a Service company, Mattersight.  Yes my job is HR related and yes I can be appropriate when I need to be.  It just doesn’t happen very often.

What are some of your hobbies & interests?

When I’m not teaching karate to underprivileged youth I enjoy playing awful music on jukeboxes at bars, reminiscing about the one time I made it to the 5th bucket on The Bozo Show, gambling, str8 chillin with my homies, high-fiving, collecting Jordans, gambling some more, watching Butler basketball and sometimes going to CrossFit.

When did you start CrossFitting?

I started back in July 2010 back when there would be 5 names on the board at the end of the day.  It’s cool to see how many folks wanted to be like me and join BBCF.  You’re welcome Dave.

Main reason for joining BBCF?

Like a lot of other BareBones athletes, I was sick of doing the same old crap at the gym.  I had friends going to Naperville Crossfit and they never shut up about how great it was.  Seriously, they were SOOO annoying.  Like more annoying than Shawnna.  Anyways…When BareBones opened up right behind my house I had to give it a shot.   

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? 

“Well that sucked.” I suddenly hated coach a lot more than when I originally met him was wondering why I had the spins but hadn’t drank at all that day.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?  

“One time, this guy handed me a picture of him, he said, “Here’s a picture of me when I was younger.” Every picture is of you when you were younger. “Here’s a picture of me when I’m older.” “You son-of-a-b*tch! How’d you pull that off?” – Mitch Hedberg

“Never trust a wet fart.” – Cary Kubiak

What is your fitness background? 

I played a ton of sports growing up but focused on basketball in high school.  In college I played intramurals, post-graduation consisted of some lifting, running and pickup ball.  If anyone is in a hoops league out this way, I’d be really interested in joining.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?  

The people and the community BBCF has created, especially the folks in the 7:30pm class.  It’s obviously the coolest group of all the hours offered, no contest!

How has BBCF changed your life?  

There is a whole new group of people who think I’m weird.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF?

I’m stronger than I’ve ever been.  I continue to see increases in some of my 1 rep maxes even after 3.5 years and strangers whistle at me ALL the time on the Metra.

What are your future training goals? 

Get a f***ing muscle-up!

What is your cheat meal of choice?

Eating ribs and drinking a case of Guinness all while wearing jorts AND ONLY JORTS ;)

Favorite sport or activity?

Is day-drinking an activity?  If so, that.  If not, creating homemade Carmex is something I’ve been way into recently.  I also enjoy cheering for most Chicago teams when I’m not doing arts & crafts.

Recent adventure you’re planning?  

Suzy’s anyone?!?  That always seems to be an adventure.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?  

I can destroy ALL competition in the original RBI Baseball for Nintendo.  Ohh!  One time I saw Jay Cutler and Greg Olsen at a bar in Chicago.  Cutler took a shot of Rumpleminze with me but Olsen turned it down.  Greg Olsen is a punk!

What is your favorite workout? 

You mean people actually enjoy doing this stuff?!?  If I have to pick one I’d go with Nancy.

What is your favorite lift?

Overhead squats aren’t that bad, neither are wall-balls.

What is your LEAST favorite workout? 

Anything involving pistols, cleans or when Nate Strausberger is in attendance.  Those are the absolute worst workouts of all time.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?  

I’d have to go with “Murph” or “The Seven”.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments?

Being a judge was an interesting experience.  All of the outings are fun too, sometimes I even remember them so that’s good.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining BBCF?  

Never listen to Dave when he says, “It’s an easy day.”  Make friends with Bob in the 7:30pm class if you ever think you’ll need good legal representation.  Wear high socks when you need to climb the rope, especially if you have sensitive skin like me (smooches).  Most importantly…Have fun and compete against yourself.

athlete of the month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones Cross Fit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our DECEMBER 2013 Athlete of the Month is: Mike Martin!

Our interview with Mike….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: 
I live in Plano with my girlfriend Pam Granoff.
 
Occupation?
I am Electrician in IBEW Local 701. I work for Advance Data Technologies.
 
What are some of your hobbies & interests?
Lifting weights and CrossFit is pretty much my main hobby.
AOM MIKE MARTIN
 
When did you start CrossFitting? 

My girlfriend Pam Granoff did Crossfit  about 6 months before I decided to join.  I attended BBCF summer anniversary party and this STRANGE girl Shawnna Strausberger told me I should try it. I told her I was not sure if Crossfit was for me. Than Shawnna jumped up on the rings and started doing muscle ups. Yelling at me yeah but you can’t do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  So I said “get down from there you creep and let me try”. I got up there and could not do it. This was a severe blow to my ego. So after a weekend of crying I joined a couple days later. 

Main reason for joining BBCF? 

I was frustrated that I couldn’t get that muscle up. After showing up a couple weeks I realized all the different lifts and movements I had been missing out on by training at a standard gym.
  
What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? 
I could not believe how out of shape I felt after doing 5 to 6 minute work out.   I have been working out for  15  years  and have never  felt so destroyed in such a short time.
 
Words to live by or Favorite Quote?
Some jokes are just for me.  
 
What is your fitness background? 
I started lifting weights when I was 16. I just did your typically gym routine mixed with heavy power lifting movements.
 
What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?  
Competing with yourself and others to get through the workout and try to get the best time.
 
How has BBCF changed your life?
I HAVE TO RUN!!!!  
 
What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF?
I have a lot more endurance than I used to and I can do those muscle ups.
 
What are your future training goals? 
Make it to Crossfit Regional’s.
 
What is your cheat meal of choice?
Pizza
 
Favorite sport or activity?
Football  and Crossfit
 
Recent adventure you’re planning?
I have tickets to “An Evening with Michael Bolton”. It’s going to be at a very intimate venue. I can barely contain my excitement; Michael Bolton is probably the greatest singer of our time. His songs tell the story of our generation 
Tell us something we don’t know about you?
 -I’m an active member of the National Ginger Society (it’s real, check it out). We work to bring an end to ginger hate crimes.

What is your favorite workout? 

Fran
 
What is your favorite lift?
Dead lift
 
What is your LEAST favorite workout?
Anything with running
 
What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?  
When I did Fran in 2:47. 
 
Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones Cross Fit memories/moments?
 Aside from mastering every CrossFit skill and murdering every workout I would have to say that building relationships with all of the BBCF members is super special to me. The most special would be MY JON. When we’re not talking about crushing PR’s, we’re talking about where to get our next bottle of Merlot. He’s my missing piece. 
What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining BBCF?  
You know that song “If I Could be Like Mike” from back in the 90’s? Train hard enough and lift enough weight and you can be like Mike too.
(a few of these answers courtesy of….??? hmmmm who do you think?? ha ha)
 

 athlete of the month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones Cross Fit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our NOVEMBER 2013 Athlete of the Month is: Natalia LoDestro!

Our interview with Natalia….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family:

I have been married to my wonderful husband Brent for 5 years and we just had our first baby (Vincent) on November 1st!

AOM Natalia LoDestro IMG

Occupation:

I am a Branch Manager at BMO Harris Bank.

What are some of your hobbies and interests?

I make my own natural soy candles. I also enjoy making all sorts of different crafts.

When did you start crossfitting?

I started crossfit February 2012

Main reason for joining BBCF?

To start working out and get into shape. I wanted to overall just be more healthy.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?

OMG! I noticed how out of shape I really was. I thought I was going to die. (I think I even went to the bathroom and almost threw up.) It was hard.

Words to live by or favorite quote:

“Life is short, so enjoy it to the fullest”

What is your fitness background?

I really never worked out, I tried going to the gym sometimes but really didn’t do much besides maybe get on the treadmill, which was for a very short time.

What’s your favorite part of crossfit?

I really like the atmosphere and all the people. Everyone is always pushing themselves to do their best. Everyone is always motivating and encouraging each other, which is always so nice! We all work hard but we are always laughing and having fun too.

How has BBCF changed your life?

It has gotten me into the best shape that I have ever been. When I first walked in on my first day, I was really nervous because I saw everyone lifting all these heavy weights and then laying on the floor after the WOD was over. I never lifted weights or worked out so I was really nervous that I would not be able to do this. Everyone was so encouraging and welcoming that it made it a lot easier to want to keep going. Coach’s Dave and Melissa really helped me and motivated me to progress and push myself to keep doing more and I continued to do better everyday. Now, I love going to BBCF because I have seen the results and look forward to always getting better.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF?

I would have never thought that I could do pull-ups and lift heavy weights like I am doing now. I have built a lot more strength in all areas and my cardio is much better, I can actually run now :) …I would have never reached this point without BBCF.

What are your future training goals?

Just to continue what I am doing and get better.

What is your cheat meal of choice?

Chocolate! Its so hard not to have it :)

Favorite sport or activity?

Skiing, I have been skiing since I was a little girl. I also do enjoy taking walks.

Recent adventure you’re planning?

I am living an adventure right now….We just built a new house in Sugar Grove, My husband started his own company, and we just had our first baby :) Lots going on all at the same time!

Tell us something we don’t know about you?

I am a very open person and talk a lot, so I don’t know if there is something specific that people don’t know about me.

What is our favorite workout?

I don’t have a favorite, I love and hate all of them :) All the WOD’s are challenging but I’m always glad I did it once I’m done.

What is your favorite lift?

I would say the dead lift, probably because I can lift the most weights with the dead lift.

What is your least favorite workout?

They are all challenging and never look easy, so I don’t really know.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?

My first WOD, it was hard but it made me want more :)

Do you have any other special or successful BareBones Crossfit memories/moments?

Honestly, there are so many fun memories/moments, I can’t pick out one specific one. Each day there is always something that makes it special or successful, whether its hitting a new PR or just working out with everyone.

What advise would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit?

Don’t give up! It will be hard and you will be sore and in some pain, but it’s all worth it. You will see your results and want to continue to do more.

athlete of the month

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In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones Cross Fit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our OCTOBER 2013 Athlete of the Month is: Erik Baise!

Our interview with Erik….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family:  I grew up in Virginia but have lived in Illinois for over 20 years. I’ve been lucky enough to be married to Michele for 12 years and we have two beautiful daughters.

AOM ERIK BAISE 

Occupation? I manage the Special Investigations Unit for Travelers Insurance.

What are some of your hobbies & interests? I love music and play guitar, really loud (to Michele’s dismay). I also enjoy rainbows, unicorns, poetry and sometimes I go running.

When did you start CrossFitting?  I joined BBCF in April 2012.

Main reason for joining BBCF?   I saw all of these cars with Bare Bones stickers driving around Yorkville and thought, that’s a cool sticker. But I’m a runner and I don’t want to be all bulky and stuff. I met Steve Chivari at our neighborhood pool and he pestered me to join. I was in decent shape but had some fluff I couldn’t manage to lose around my waist. Michele researched Cross Fit and challenged me to join, so that was that. Challenge, ACCEPTED. My first few classes clearly reflected the fun, passion and community that I didn’t have as a runner.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?  I had peeked in the box before my first 5,4,3,2,1 and I was intimidated. Despite being an endurance athlete, I was worried. After it was over, I had the perfect mix of “ I think I may die on the floor of this place and GIVE ME MORE, IMMEDIATELY”!!

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? Impossible is NOTHING 

What is your fitness background?  Not many people know this but I can run 26.2 miles! I’ve been a runner most of my life. To date, I’ve completed 7 marathons and am trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon. It’s kind of a big deal for runners. I used to lift weights for the ladies and work the show off muscles, with limited success unless a beer gut counts. I am on the verge of joining the triathlon world. I think I’d look pretty cool with an IRONMAN tattoo. Second only to running Boston, the IRONMAN is the highest athletic accomplishment. Just my opinion.

What’s your favorite part of Cross Fit?  I am humbled and amazed each time I leave the box by how hard everyone works when the clock starts. People from all ages, fitness background and walks of life come into the box and work hard to achieve goals, honor a hero or compete against a fellow CF’er.  Michele and I have made great friends at BBCF and truly feel like we have a huge extended family. We’ve never known so many people with the same drive to work out in a manner most think is crazy.

How has BBCF changed your life?  At 41 years of age, I am in the best shape of my life. I have never been this strong and fast at the same time. I learned how to eat correctly, train to build strength in all areas of the body and how to be humble. There is always someone better. Cross Fit is a family affair. Our oldest daughter Ashleigh loves it as much as Michele and I do and we can’t wait to get Sarah involved.  

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF

I came to Bare Bones as a “chubby runner”. I had been in a training rut for over two years and felt like I was in decent shape. I had nagging injuries and couldn’t figure out what to do. When I came to BBCF I was frustrated and ready for change. The WOD’s and running allowed me to drop 30 pounds, my injuries disappeared and set PR’s on all running distances from a 5K to the marathon. I tell my running friends about the multiple minutes I’ve slashed off my races and asked how? My answer, Cross Fit.

What are your future training goals?  Learn how to kayak, qualify for the Boston Marathon, complete a triathlon and eventually the IRONMAN. And remove some goats from my herd.

What is your cheat meal of choice? Beer. That’s a food group, right?

Favorite sport or activity? Hmmm, I’d have to say…. Running.  It provides me time to think, enjoy the silence and a feeling that I cannot replicate in any other way.

A close second is cross fit. Followed by playing guitar. I love spending time with my family and hanging out with friends. Hot tub time is also fun but it often leads to beverages….

Recent adventure you’re planning?   April 2015 Boston, MA

Tell us something we don’t know about you? My older brother died of a heart attack at the age of 36. I try hard to make every day count as nothing is guaranteed and no one owes me anything. I push myself in every capacity every time. All or nothing, every time. Coach Dave likes to call it, “Raging Bull”.

What is your favorite workout?  I get really passionate about hero WOD’s.  Obviously, they are difficult. Usually in areas that I suck at so I push myself harder than usual. “Murph” has a special place in my heart. Followed by “Tycz”. I think about the people who are honored by these WOD’s and say to myself, these people would give anything to be here right now. Suck it up and get it done.

What is your favorite lift? I love and hate them all. I do like to deadlift.

What is your LEAST favorite workout?  I truly love them all. I look forward to the WOD’s that include my goats. It forces me to accept my weaknesses and crush them….

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?  I’ve had many but the Battle on the Fox is most favorite, for now. I was very intimidated in a way that I had not been in a very long time. The idea of being judged is very different then running a specific distance. Running is much easier. It was a perfect of mix of pride and disappointment as I managed to place 1st and 2nd during the first two rounds. I was feeling pretty good but in true CF fashion, I was thrown a curve ball with the kayak and ended up in 6th.  The environment was electric over the two days and I was inspired watching Michele and our fellow CF athletes busting tail in the spirit of competition. I wanted to crush the competition during the WOD and then congratulate them when it’s over….

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones Cross Fit memories/moments? In true cheese ball fashion, I love all the workouts and events at BBCF. Each WOD or event creates new memories with great people. Doesn’t matter if we are all laid out on the floor gasping for breath and cursing the WOD or out on the town, it’s always an adventure…

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining Cross Fit?  I apologize if I inadvertently sweat on you… it happens. Seriously, set aside pre-conceived notions of what you can or cannot do. You can do this. It will be hard, it will hurt… (sound familiar?) Discomfort and soreness are signs of success. Keep coming back and give 100% and the results will follow. The coaches and people at BBCF want you to succeed. Embrace the suck…..Cheers!

athlete of the month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our SEPTEMBER 2013 Athlete of the Month is: Doug Roberts.
Tell us a little bit about you and your family:
Michelle and I have been married 26 years. We are blessed with 4 children, Jordan,  Grayson,  Noah, and Natalie.  We have lived in Yorkville past 12 years, prior to that Aurora, and sort time in Texas, where I met & married Michelle.
AOM DOUG ROBERTS
Occupation?
I have been part of LegalShield for the past 14 years. They are a 41 year old company  providing the premier legal services and identity theft programs in North America.  No one does what we do for families and/ or employees, so it’s pretty cool.
What are some of your hobbies & interests?
Whatever my kids are doing. Football, Volleyball, Track, and now add Crossfit to that with Jordan and Natty. I love to cook and bake. So in other words, I love to eat.
When did you start CrossFitting?
March of 2012
Main reason for joining BBCF?
I wanted to lose weight and get back in some kind shape. I remember trying to play 2 on 2 basketball  in the driveway with the  boys, and thought this is gonna kill me.  So I tried running. No thanks. I didn’t want to join a global gym, and doing stuff at home was boring to say the least.
What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?
I thought, this sucks! I came home and fell on the floor.  I just laid there. Michelle asked me what I thought, and I said (from the floor), it was amazing and I’m going  back for the 2nd element.  This process continued for the first few months.
Words to live by or Favorite Quote?

“God is the Master architect , He is always building, always breaking ground, to build you  (me) stronger.”

What is your fitness background?
Not much. I grew playing youth and some high school sports, but never thought it would be something I would excel at.  I raced motocross for a number of years in Texas and Illinois and loved it. That kept me focused on staying in shape.
What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?
The Community is what is the best. I have always said, if people treated each other like they do at Crossfit (BBCF), this world would be a better place.
How has BBCF changed your life?
Every day is new and a challenge. I have met and become friends with some of the coolest people. There is this “thing” about being involved in Crossfit, which automatically builds respect for everyone. No matter their age, background, occupation, athletic ability, anything. The fact that we just finished the same WOD, means respect for what we just did together. Whether you were done before me or not.
What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF
I know I’m 40 lbs lighter than the day I first  showed up. I know I can wake up everyday and be better than the day before. And I know I have a bunch of people (friends) who woke up and feel the same way,.  And I get to see them bust their tail to try and reach a new PR or milestone in their life.
What are your future training goals?
I want to drop about 25 more pounds, yet increase my core lifts. I  will be working with the other Masters to compete together at competitions coming up. A BBCF Masters sounds good to me. I have been focusing on technique more than weight as of late. Seems my little injuries, all come from bad habits.
What is your cheat meal of choice?
Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies, or any cookie dough I’m making.  Major sweet tooth here.
Favorite sport or activity?
Football to watch. Crossfit to do. Anything with our family.
Recent adventure you’re planning?
Snowboarding this winter with family, and white water rafting in the mountains in June 2014.
Tell us something we don’t know about you?
(I sometimes open my mouth without thinking? ie: The Burpee Challenge…)
Seriously, I believe that God created me for a reason, and as a believer  in Jesus Christ, I have a short time on this earth to make a difference. I am 51 years old, and we are called to be servant leaders. If I can make a positive impact in the life of another person(s), then that is the goal.  What I own, and the stuff I have is meaningless in the big picture. I’ve made more mistakes in 50 years than anyone could imagine, but each morning is a new day. If I honor Christ, listen and follow Him, I can live with that.
What is your favorite workout?
Any Hero workouts. They all are so hard, but I try and focus on the person and their family which was left behind.
What is your favorite lift?
Overhead Squats.
What is your LEAST favorite workout?
Anything with running. I don’t hate it (yes I do) , because I know I need it, but I just don’t like the running.  The “Looper” hasn’t made me like it any better.
What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?
MURPH, earlier this year. It took me so long, that the 2nd class had already started and I was still trying to finish. But I finished.
Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments?
Two things:
One, the Garage Game’s Battle on the Fox. It was amazing to not only be a judge, but to see the grit and fight to finish in the competitors. They were completely exhausted, yet never quit to get one last rep.
Two, watching the new person go thru 5,4,3,2,1.  And then seeing them a week later in the group class. I smile, and think to myself, “their life will never be the same”.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining BBCF?

Commit for 30 days, then make your decision. Nobody can honestly change their old habits in less time. Also, go at least 3 times per week. It comes faster and you will find yourself getting those little “wins” quicker. On top of that, you’ll have a whole lot of friends that really care about you succeeding.  THE BONUS,  Dave and Melissa Kiest. The impact they have on so many, you’ll love being a part of that mission.

athlete of the month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our AUGUST 2013 Athlete of the Month is: Rob Campobasso

AOM ROB CAMPOBASSO

Our interview with Rob….

Dear Bare Bones CrossFit Community,

In addition to the traditional question and answer format normally administered during the selection of the Athlete of the Month I’ve decided to also issue an open letter of acceptance.

As many of you may know, since joining Bare Bones CrossFit in May, 2011, I’ve been chosen as the runner-up to the Athlete of the Month 27 consecutive times. Now, the powers that be, namely Dave and Melissa have decided that my time has come and to them I say: it is about time. However, I did not spend the last 27 months merely laying in wait. No. Instead of I have been secretly developing 6 additional levels of CrossFit certification and I’m proud to declare that it this very moment, I am the only CrossFitter in the world who is level 7 certified. You may be asking yourself : “Seven levels of certification? I wonder what that even includes” Well, my friends, wonder no more.

Most of you are no strangers to the first level of certification. This is a certification in the Fundamentals of CrossFit. While I have no official or physical certificate of completing that course, I have logged over one hour of time on YouTube viewing videos of notable CrossFit athletes performing these fundamental movements with the highest degree of technical integrity and efficiency. An Internet history of the specific videos I have viewed will be made available upon request, although, for purposes of protecting my own privacy, redactions will be made.

The second level of CrossFit certification is appropriately titled “Fundamentals of Chalk Application and Distribution.” I have personally witnessed several new CrossFit athletes collect an overwhelmingly large amount of chalk in their hands only to wipe a majority of it on the fronts of their pants, their shirts, and on their bottoms. This is both fiscally and socially irresponsible particularly considering that there are teachers in impoverished countries who have no choice but to carve their lesson plans into the trunks of trees due to the widespread unavailability of chalk. Everytime a CrossFit athlete “overindulges” in the chalk bucket, a small child loses the opportunity to learn his or her timestables. “Fundamentals of Chalk Application and Distribution” teaches chalk discipline. Since passing my level two certification, I have come to think of myself as the Mr. Miyagi of chalk use.

The third level of CrossFit certification is titled “CrossFit and the Selection of Music to be Played During CrossFit.” The focal point of this certification is WOD playlist creation. While the intricacies of WOD playlist creation would take months to completely explain, an easy rule of thumb to follow is to couch each song played between two playings of “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor” by Drowning Pool. For the novice WOD playlist creator, the level three certification suggests playing “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor” on repeat so as to avoid the accidental inclusion of any song listed on the soundtrack of any movie starring Hugh Grant.

The fourth level of CrossFit certification is “Knee Socks and How to Wear Knee Socks While Retaining Your Masculinity.” CrossFit etiquette dictates that female CrossFitters can appropriately wear knee socks whenever they see fit. However, male CrossFitters should exercise MAXIMUM discretion when making the decision regarding whether they should don knee socks at their CrossFit boxes. The threshold question to be asked by these men should be whether the movements included in the WOD endanger the epidermal (word created for fourth level certification) well being of their shins. For exercises such as box jumps or Olympic lifts, knee socks are permissible. For all other exercises, male CrossFitters should leave their knee socks in the knee sock drawer of their dresser. If circumstances make the wearing of knee socks permissible, male CrossFitters should avoid knee socks with the words “Bad Ass” on the back with arrows pointing towards the athlete.

The fifth level of CrossFit certification is “CrossFit, Your Beard, and You.” Like Samson, many CrossFit athletes derive their strength directly from the hair fibers of their beards. While generally acceptable in both warm and cold climates, beards should be kept hygienic at all times. Ultimately, a CrossFitter’s beard should be groomed regularly and kept free of remnants from your Steve’s Paleokit. The world should be aware of your caveman dietary habits from the appearance of your physique and not the contents of your facial hair.

The sixth level of CrossFit certification is titled “Proper Social Discourse with Non-CrossFitters.” While the seasoned CrossFit veteran can most likely wax poetic about every WOD they performed during the preceding week, CrossFit athletes should practice discretion when attempting to recruit Non-CrossFitters into CrossFitting. Proper social interactions with Non-CrossFitters should not begin with: “So I got up this morning, ran a mile, did 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats, and then ran another mile!” Instead, explain that you woke up and ate a ton of bacon. Then take off your shirt and flex your abdominal muscles. Level six certification explains that you catch more bees with bacon than you do with the recitation of your grueling workout.

The seventh, and final, level of CrossFit certification is “Sweating in the Proximity of Others.” This certification focuses on the proper distance between two CrossFitters during and after performing a WOD. It takes into account many mathematical algorithms but, most importantly, aims to familiarize a CrossFit athlete with the most socially acceptable strategies for keeping their fellow athletes drenched in only their own sweat. If a CrossFit athlete insists on removing his (or her) shirt within moments (or before) the WOD actually begins, the athlete should familiarize them self with the trajectory of their sweat as it is launched from their body. Make every effort to make certain not to blind your fellow athlete with your perspiration as they are most likely having a hard enough time seeing through their own.

There you have it, the unwritten (until now) CrossFit certifications. While I’m not currently offering certification on these topics to other athletes, feel free to approach me at the box and I will do my best to give you a free crash course if time permits. In the meantime, I’m honored to be your August 2013 Athlete of the Month. It was entirely unexpected.

Love,

Rob

Let’s try this again….  :-)

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our AUGUST Athlete of the Month is: Rob Campobasso

Our interview with Rob….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: 

I am 32 years young. I live in Roselle, Illinois, which is about 50 minutes east of Yorkville. I grew up in DuPage County before going to college in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and then law school in Chicago.

Occupation?

Assistant Public Defender for the Kendall County Office of the Public Defender.

What are some of your hobbies & interests?

As far as non-fitness hobbies go, I love watching movies and binge watching television shows. As far as fitness-but-not-CrossFit related hobbies, I play soccer in a rec league during the summer and I try to play basketball once a week.

When did you start CrossFitting?

I started CrossFitting in May 2011 with Courtney and Dan Transier and Erin Shanahan.   

Main reason for joining BBCF?   

The main reason I joined BBCF was to try something new. About 3 or 4 years prior to joining BBCF I read an article about CrossFit in a Men’s Fitness or Muscle and Fitness magazine and I thought it was insane but I had never heard of it before and it seemed like something that was only taking place in the military. When I started working at the courthouse in Kendall County, I would drive past the old box every day on my way to and from work. At the time, I had been working out at a gym, but I just didn’t feel motivated or like I was making any progress. Finally, I decided to recruit some of my friends to try it out and the rest is history.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? 

I didn’t throw up but I didn’t feel well. I remember driving home and thinking that I shouldn’t be driving. It was undoubtedly the most physically challenging thing I had ever done.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?  

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

What is your fitness background? 

I played football and ran track in high school, but after that (and before BBCF) I just tried to stay active playing sports with my friends. I started running for distance in 2009 and since then I’ve really grown to enjoy running.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?  

My absolute favorite part of CrossFit is the community. Prior to joining BBCF, I would go to the gym and walk around aimlessly trying to find an unoccupied bench. I knew maybe one person at the gym and they were probably doing bicep curls. I didn’t enjoy exercising and I only did it because I wanted to lose weight. At BBCF, I don’t really care about losing weight. The coaches and the other athletes make it fun. You don’t have to think about whether it’s a back and biceps or chest and triceps day. You just show up and do the work and go home knowing that you worked harder than probably every other person you know (who doesn’t CrossFit). I’ve lost weight (after the Paleo Challenge I weighed less than I did in high school), I’ve put on muscle, I’ve seen the results leak into other aspects of my life, but when I get to the box I’m only thinking about how much fun I’m about to have, how miserable I’m going to be halfway into whatever the coaches have planned for us, and how good I’m going to feel when the WOD is done just knowing that I got through it.

How has BBCF changed your life?  

Physically, BBCF has gotten me into the absolute best shape of my life. Mentally, BBCF has taught me a tremendous amount about pushing through boundaries. Most importantly, I really feel like I belong to a community of like-minded individuals who support one another in obtaining optimal physical fitness and health in a friendly, competitive atmosphere, while conducting intense short duration results driven workouts. You guys should use that.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF

I’m a lot stronger than I was coming in and I’m much more flexible. I’ve noticed that the level of fitness I’ve achieved at BBCF has translated really well to some of the sports I play outside of the box. The biggest change is my endurance which is particularly noticeable on the soccer field.

What are your future training goals? 

I want to continue improving at my Olympic lifting. I really respect the amount of skill that those lifts require and the Bar Association was incredibly helpful when I attended two weeks ago. I also want to get better at butterfly pull ups and handstands.

What is your cheat meal of choice?

Anything from Portillo’s.

Favorite sport or activity?

My favorite sport to play is soccer and my favorite sport to watch is football.   

Recent adventure you’re planning?  

Skydiving, August 4th !

Tell us something we don’t know about you?  

I played bass guitar in a couple of different bands from 8th grade up until my first year of law school.

What is your favorite workout? 

I love Annie.  I like it mostly because I can get through the double unders pretty quickly and it’s just short but super intense workout.

What is your favorite lift?

My favorite lift is the snatch. It’s always been the one that has given me the most trouble, but I like coming back to it every time and trying to learn something new from the coaches that will help me put up more weight or just do the same weight more efficiently.

What is your LEAST favorite workout? 

Fran. I’m not a big fan of thrusters. They’re the worst. In fact, I heard that Greg Glassman has decided to modify Fran so it’s pull-ups and jumping jacks instead of thrusters. Don’t bother fact-checking that though, I’ve got insider information.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? 

My most memorable workout was just this past anniversary week when we did Freakin’ FUNdred!! I paired up with Brian Dugan and my only goal was just to keep up with him as much as humanly possible. I always feel more motivated when I’m on a team and I pushed through that workout harder than I think I have ever pushed through a workout before as evidenced by my inability to stand up for more than 15 seconds at a time for the 30 minutes immediately following the workout. Not cool, Jones.  

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments?

I had a great time at the Freedom Challenge and not just because my team was wearing shirts with pictures of my face on them. The whole idea of working as a team is just incredibly motivating to me. That’s really why CrossFit is so great. Even during the individual WOD’s, it still feels like everyone is working together to just get to the other side of the workout.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit?  

The best days to go are the days when you don’t want to go. You may hate one of the movements in the WOD, but you should think about it as an opportunity to make that movement one of your strengths. I’d also advise newcomers to get involved with events like the Cinco-de-Mile-o or the Freedom challenge, because they’re great changes of pace and fantastic demonstrations of how the community comes together. Finally, I have some advice for people who are thinking about joining a CrossFit box: There’s no such thing as being too unfit to start CrossFit. Everybody who comes in the front door does so at a different level of fitness, but CrossFit is designed to constantly push everyone outside of their comfort zone, regardless of where that zone ends. So if you’re interested in what CrossFit has to offer, just get going. 

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athlete of the month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our July 2013 Athlete of the Month is: Lenny Constanzo

Our interview with Lenny….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: I live in Yorkville for 13 years now. I have a older brother and two younger half sisters and a younger half brother that live in Georgia.

Occupation? Welder

What are some of your hobbies & interests? Way to many to list and i find new ones all the time.

When did you start CrossFitting?  January 2012

LENNY CONSTANZO

Main reason for joining BBCF? I drove pass the old box every day on my way home of work, so i watched a video on what is Crossfit and it looked like way to much fun not to try.     

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?  Why can’t I stop puking!!

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?  Life’s too short to sweat the small things!

What is your fitness background? I never worked out in a gym before Crossfit, I was just a active person. 

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?  I don’t know that I have a favorite part, I love everything about it.

How has BBCF changed your life?  If I didn’t go to the box after work, I would come home, sit on the couch and fall asleep.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? My cardio has gone up big time and my power on some of my lifts has gotten way better.

What are your future training goals?  To keep pushing myself and try to compete in more competitions.

What is your cheat meal of choice? Most of you are going to hate me for this, but I pretty much eat whatever I want all the time!

Favorite sport or activity? Doing stupid things to make people laugh “DONT BE A LENNY” 

Recent adventure you’re planning? Some of us have been talking about skydiving soon. I’ve been thinking about doing this for a couple of years now. 

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I think you guys know everything. Some would say I talk lot! 

What is your favorite workout? “Seven”. Don’t ask me why I think I might be crazy! And “Nasty Girls” I think is the best set up for me.

What is your favorite lift? Power Cleans

What is your LEAST favorite workout?  Anything with heavy dead lifts.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? The Beach wod at Hi Tide. Watching David fall and take Eva out on the log cross was hilarious. Cant wait to do it again this year. 

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? Learning how to backflip with my broski Zach. I wanted to do a backflip for years. Just happy we didn’t brake our necks!

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit?  The workouts are always going to suck, some days more than others, but you will grow to love them and feel like you need them.

 

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athlete of the month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our June 2013 Athlete of the Month is: Maddy Dermott

Our interview with Maddy….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family:  Victor and I have been married for 35 years.  We were fortunate enough to have 3 girls and know lucky enough to have 2 beautiful granddaughters.

MADDY AOM

Occupation? I have been working at Nordstroms for the last 10 years selling shoes.  I started when the girls started college.  Victor is an architect for cloud computing.

What are some of your hobbies & interests? My interests are biking, gardening,  spending time with my family and now of course CrossFit.

When did you start CrossFitting?  My daughter Theresa and I started CrossFit in Jan. of 2012.

Main reason for joining BBCF?  I joined CrossFit with the encouragement of my daughter Eileen who is a CrossFit coach and my son-in-law Neil who is a Ranger and now an officer in the U.S. Army.  I was so weak I could barely lift myself out of the tub.  I was totally disgusted after being fit most of my life.  I needed to be re-educated in the world of fitness.  So with the help of Theresa and her friend Nicole taking me with them to workouts and all the help from coaches I am now Athlete of the Month.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?  After completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1 I was exhausted but also shocked I actually completed such an extreme workout with the help of Barebones Coaches helping me modify my workout as needed.  I can’t even explain the happiness I felt. Just really giddy.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?  I am a strong believer in teaching by example and being yourself at all times.

What is your fitness background?  My past experience with fitness is that I was Health Enhancement Director and Race Director for the YMCA in the 80′s and 90′s.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?  My favorite part of CrossFit is remembering our fallen HERO’s.

How has BBCF changed your life?  Bare Bones CrossFit has changed my life by being stronger and  having greater endurance in many life challenges, such as work, dealing with people and I seem to be much more driven and definitely happier.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF: I have had some truly amazing physical results since I have started CrossFit.  I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism years ago.  Before starting CrossFit you couldn’t see my thyroid because of growths that surrounded it.  After completing a year of CrossFit and being somewhat paleo concious, you could see my thyroid really clearly because the growths had started to dissipate.

What are your future training goals?  My future training goal would be to add a 4th workout., since Coach Dave has made me realize I can do this workout and go to work the same day.

What is your cheat meal of choice? My cheat meal of choice would be manicotti.

Favorite sport or activity?  My favorite activity would be biking.

Recent adventure you’re planning?   Victor and I have a trip planned to canoe and bike along the Wisc. River this June.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?  One of my favorite past times is looking for Real Estate.  Either buy and hold or fix and flip.  I have just recently bought my 1st 4 flat after 2 yrs of looking.

What is your favorite workout?  My favorite workout would have to be the obstacle course at this new location.

What is your favorite lift? My favorite lift would be dead lift.  Probably because I can lift the most weight.

What is your LEAST favorite workout?  My least favorite workout would be Burpeeeees.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?  My most memorable workout would be the day I completed a Warrior workout.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? My favorite moments at Bare Bones CrossFit is the encouragement from the coaches and the way everyone is made to feel comfortable.  Just a real nice group of folks.  Alot of fun.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit?  For someone just joining CrossFit the health benefits are truly amazing.  I could never achieve these accomplishments without BARE BONES.

athlete of the month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our May 2013 Athlete of the Month is: Zach DeCarlo
Our interview with Zach….
Tell us a little bit about you and your family:  I’m 16 my sister is 18 and brother 21, my dad works at m&m mars in Chicago and my mom is part time D.J and substitute.
ZACH DECARLO
 
Occupation? I am employed at the waterpark as of this year.
 
What are some of your hobbies & interests? I love listening to music, learning new skills, biking around town and taking on random adventures with my friends.
 
When did you start CrossFitting? I started CrossFit the day after my 15 birthday and instantly got obsessed!
What were your first thoughts when you stepped into BBCF? Different, I kept an open mind, I wasn’t expecting anything hard…I was wrong
 
Main reason for joining BBCF? My mom told me about this place and wanted me to start in hopes of scaring me out of wanting to be a marine, because she knew all about the challenges of CrossFit. But it just got me hooked and coming back for more.
What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?  That I was not CrossFit fit…yet.
 
Words to live by or Favorite Quote?  “You can always do one more!”
 
What is your fitness background? I was all over the place with sports from baseball to swim team and always paid a constant visit to the weight room, but the only two sports I take most interest in are CrossFit and baseball.
What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? I love the community the coaches the competitiveness the improvement the style the pain EVERYTHING!
 
How has BBCF changed your life? I’ve never found something so productive that I can’t go a day without, and literally count the hours till I get to come back besides CrossFit. Watching my maxes increase and my times decrease is the best feeling in the world, and to be a part of the BBCF community makes the experience all the better. words can’t describe how passionate I am about CrossFit.
 
What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? I went from heaving on the 5-4-3-2-1 to 3+ WODs in a day.
 
What are your future training goals?  Winning the CrossFit games and making my coaches proud in upcoming events.
 
What is your cheat meal of choice? Mac and cheese!!!
 
Favorite sport or activity? CROSSFIT  
 
Recent adventure you’re planning? Country thunder! Junior year!  
 
Tell us something we don’t know about you? Going to BBCF is such a routine for me every day that if I don’t go in to do a WOD or at 
least stretch I get kind of cranky and unsatisfied with my day…must be something in the fitaid.  
 
What is your favorite workout? Full Murph with weighted vest!
 
What is your favorite lift? Power or hang clean
 
What is your LEAST favorite workout? Fran! Thrusters are the worst thing possibly invented.
 
What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? My first WOD doing a 30in box jump Dave was telling me to be careful because he’s seen tons of people wipe out on them. Within the next 3 I fell and ripped my leg open, I still have the scar but still finished the workout!
 
Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? It’s a recent memory but when the 4:15 class pitched in to buy me a brand new pair of Nanos. That was one of the biggest surprises that has ever happened to me. I really appreciated that, thank you to everyone that pitched in!
 
What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining Bare Bones CrossFit? Drink tons of water and remember that there’s always room for improvement.
athlete of the month
In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our April 2013 Athlete of the Month is: Brian Dugan
Our interview with Brian….
Tell us a little bit about you and your family:  I’m the oldest of 4. I have 2 sisters and a brother who is also a veteran of the Marine Corps who served 2 tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. My youngest sister is off to LSU in the fall and the older one is a teacher and gymnastic couch.   I’m very proud of all of my siblings!
AOM APRIL BRIAN DUGAN
Occupation? I’m currently working for Caterpillar in Aurora but I’m starting to get serious about getting back to school for a career change in the aviation field.
What are some of your hobbies & interests? I’m pretty competitive so I try to get involved with as many sports and games as I have time for. Paintball, volleyball, baseball, trampoline dodgeball…
When did you start CrossFitting? I started a little over a year ago sometime around the end of February of 2012
Main reason for joining BBCF?  I really wanted to do something different than lift weights. It was just getting a little boring. A crossfit box by my house (that shall not be named) caught my eye so I started to inquire about crossfit on Facebook and my old buddy (shout out coming in 3… 2… 1….) Ryan Peat told me about the coolest place in Kendall county, Bare Bones, and the rest is history.
What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?  It’s been a while but it’s probably similar to how I feel after most workouts at the box, “When is the next WOD?” LOL
Words to live by or Favorite Quote?  Ah, so many…. I guess my favorite one to get me though tough times is, “Always look on the bright side of life.”
What is your fitness background?  Football, wrestling, and baseball in high school, Marines, weight training… got fat …weight training, and now crossfit.
What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?  The people! The comradery with other athletes  including those from other boxes, is amazing! Everyone wants to see you do your best. I haven’t experienced that since the military.
How has BBCF changed your life?  Besides all the great people I’ve met over the past year I’d say that I haven’t felt this healthy since I was in my early 20′s.
What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF?  More endurance, flexibility, and strength in places I didn’t know where weak.
What are your future training goals?  I’d really like to get a couple consecutive muscle ups.
What is your cheat meal of choice?  Grandma’s lasagna! Sooo good! She makes it but once a year for Christmas.
Favorite sport or activity?   Besides crossfit?… I love watching and playing football! Missing a Bears game makes me sad and empty inside… until they start sucking then I change the channel because I get too stressed.
Recent adventure you’re planning?   Well, I bid on the coupon for skydiving Chicago for the silent auction at the Christmas party not thinking I’d win. I did, so… I guess I’m going skydiving.
Tell us something we don’t know about you?  I’m a huge Star Wars fan! I have a good size collection of toys and collectibles from some of the movies. Challenge me to Star Wars trivia and you’ll see how far my geekiness goes.
What is your favorite workout?  I like all the warrior workouts. We owe a lot to our veterans even more for the ones that don’t make it home. Those workouts motivate me the most.
What is your favorite lift? Curls… just kidding, Dave. I enjoy doing dead-lift  I didn’t always have a healthy back and now it’s one of my strongest parts of my body.
What is your LEAST favorite workout?  Old school. My ass is always raw for a few days afterwards…
What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?  One of the first workouts I was in was with Marjike and Gabe. I think it was Gabe’s birthday and Marjike and her friend brought bandannas for everyone to wear during the workout. For those of you that don’t know Gabe, he wears headband-bandanna for the workouts.
Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments?  After hours… enough said.
What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit?  Don’t be concerned with what you can’t do. Get the movements down and do what you can. Push yourself everyday to run a little faster, lift a little heavier, etc. You will see improvement and before long you’ll be a crossfit bad ass!
athlete of the month
In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our March 2013 Athlete of the Month is: Alex Silva

Our interview with Alex….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family:  Single father to a wonderful young man Marco,  my 6 y/o. My sister (Veronica) is the best Aunt ever to my little man, and my parents did a great job raising us (and dealing with my crap), they have retired to Mexico about 7 years ago.

AOM ALEX

Occupation?  Firefighter / Paramedic

What are some of your hobbies & interests? Reading (I know…nerd), playing my electric guitar, ANY outdoor activity with my son, cooking, working on my car or anything mechanical. I’m also a HUGE  horror movie fan. Enjoy going to concerts.

When did you start CrossFitting? October 2011

Main reason for joining BBCF?   To get in better shape for my job and stay very active

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? I can’t believe I’m going to leave my breakfast in this bucket next to me…(I almost did) 

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?  “Si vis pacem, para bellum” and “When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work.” ~Edward F. Croker (FDNY Retired)

What is your fitness background?  A few years of “typical” weight training, Played basketball, football in High School, ballet (No, not really)….and yes, P90X, blah!

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?  The looks on the coaches’ faces when we are all destroyed after a tough WOD. Honestly though, the satisfaction of pushing yourself and helping push others past our previous limits.

How has BBCF changed your life?  Physically but more importantly mentally helped me vent during a hard time.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF.  In better shape, happier in every important aspect of my life, and confidence.

What are your future training goals?  To just keep improving no matter what, I understand it’s not going to happen overnight.

What is your cheat meal of choice? Portillos Double BACON cheeseburger and their Chocolate Cake, HUGE  fan of stuffed pizza (sometimes both in one day)

Favorite sport or activity?  Watching MMA, running (I know, I know.. never thought I would enjoy that)  Target shooting which I don’t do enough of.

Recent adventure you’re planning?   I plan on doing the Kokoro Camp at SealFit HQ in Coronado, CA. in June (GULP!)

Tell us something we don’t know about you?  Neat freak (borderline OCD), pretty darn good at reading lips and what people are saying. Uncomfortable in a room with people I’ve never met. My friends make fun of me because my taste in music is all over the place  (Megadeth, Slipknot, Dido, Tony Bennet, Santana…see?)

What is your favorite workout?  Murph with the 20 lb vest

What is your favorite lift? Clean

What is your LEAST favorite workout? Annie…hate that b*#ch!!

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?  Freedom Challenge, it was a great workout/day and I got to share it with some pretty special people on my team!

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? I have friends that are still at the box, and others who have moved on. Regardless we are all after the same thing and it is amazing how far we have come, have pushed each other, and will continue to do so. I have met some great people here, and there is definitely a sense of community regardless of where we are!

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit?  Just STFU and drink the Kool-Aid already!!!

athlete of the month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our February 2013 Athlete of the Month is: Marijke Shaffer.

Our interview with Marijke….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family:  I grew up in Dayton, Ohio and have been living in Illinois for the last 6 years. I have 2 handsome son’s Michael, 17 and Logan 7. Michael will be graduating from High School in May and Logan is in 1st grade. I enjoy and love my family very much.

MARIJE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Occupation?

I have been a graphic designer for over 15 years and thoroughly enjoy it. Currently I am the Senior Graphic Designer for Oberweis Dairy.

What are some of your hobbies & interests?

I love family time and being outside. I also enjoy playing the violin, riding horses, sewing, reading, and I am a big Star Trek fan.

When did you start CrossFitting?

My first day was in July 2010. It was a new gym just opening in North Aurora and not affiliated with CrossFit yet. I traded designing the temporary gym logo for a free month of training. During my free month, I went 3 days a week and as I did research for the logo design and as I kept going to the classes I slowly started to understand what CrossFit was. After that first month I was hooked and joined.

Main reason for joining BBCF? 

Two sweet words… Coach Melissa :) I was a total stranger but she and Dave saw me at a local bar and Melissa asked me… “Do you work out at a gym and by chance is it a CrossFit box?” I said “sort of” since the gym I was going to wasn’t affiliated yet. I was actually looking into Bare Bones a few weeks prior to this encounter because I was wanting a CrossFit Box closer to were I lived. I took meeting Melissa as a “sign” and I joined BBCF September 15, 2011.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?
Dave ran with me the entire 400 meters! And that, my fellow CrossFitters, did me in! Then Dave kept talking and talking and talking to me after the 5-4-3-2-1 WOD…. And all the while I kept thinking “I wonder if he had anyone pass out after a WOD before”.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?
Treat people in the same way that you want them to treat you. Luke 6:31

What is your fitness background?
I’ve competed in Dressage since I was 12 years old until I retired my horse 7 years ago. I also played summer softball when I was growing up.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?
Enjoying my “Mini Hour Long Vacations”! I look forward to my hour of CrossFit everyday. I call them my “Mini-Vacations” because it’s a time all my responsibilities and weight of the world melt away and all that matters is the moment I’m in.

How has BBCF changed your life?
BBCF has genuinely become a family to me. Dave and Melissa have even taken care of my Goldfish for an entire week at Bare Bones while I visited my parents back in Ohio.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF
For me I have become more of a well-rounded CrossFitter with a better mindset especially when faced with challenging situations.

What are your future training goals?
2013 Goals
1) Proper form on the more difficult skill movements.
2) To be consistent at stringing more reps of difficult skill movements together.
3) Add 20-30lbs to most of my Olympic lifts.

2 Year Goal
To finish in the top 5 at a Local CrossFit Competition

5-10 Year Goal
Make the CrossFit Regional’s

Lifetime Goal
To always incorporate some aspect of “Functional Fitness” in my daily routine

What is your cheat meal of choice?
For me it’s more of a favorite cheat food… Reese Manwiches! (3 Reese Cups stacked up and eaten in less than 3 bites). One day I will find out how many I can eat comfortably in 1 sitting.

Favorite sport or activity?
Riding horses and I love swimming even though I’m not very good at swimming yet. I also love baseball and my Cincinnati Reds!

Recent adventure you’re planning?
Planning to go deer hunting next season :)  

Tell us something we don’t know about you?
When I first started CrossFit, I couldn’t even do 1 pull-up with the green band. I was scared to death to have any kind of weight more than 25lbs. over my head. My fastest mile was close to 13min (and that was with the coach pushing me)! I came to BBCF with a lot of hard accomplishments already achieved. I am not a natural. CrossFit does not come easy to me. I simply take it one failure and success at a time and work hard.

What is your favorite workout?
Any WOD that has Olympic lifting.

What is your favorite lift?
The squat clean and split jerk.

What is your LEAST favorite workout?
My least favorite workout is a WOD that doesn’t have even 1 movement I look forward to doing. I have only had this dilemma one time in the hundreds of WODS we have done. And yes Coach Dave, I knew ahead of time and still went anyways.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?
The Freedom Challenge Bare Bones hosted last summer.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments?
I love how CrossFit gives to the community. Bare Bones does this exceptionally well with the right attitude. I am very grateful that I can be apart of all the fundraisers and support Bare Bones gives to organizations, family and individuals.

And every time I see the joy of accomplishment on someone’s face is a special moment to me.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit?
Plant positive thoughts in your head and heart for they will become your words and your words will become your actions. Negative thinking and words like “I can’t or I’ll never achieve that…” will only hold you back. Listen to your coaches and do what they say (which was a big struggle for me to overcome). All the coaches care about every one of us at BBCF. They are encouraging and also give the right amount of constructive criticism so we become better athletes. And most of all enjoy your CrossFit journey :)

athlete of the month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.

Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  Our January 2013 Athlete of the Month is.. Marcia Sorensen.

Our interview with Marcia….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family:  I have been married to my husband Andy since August.  We live in Yorkville where I grew up.  I’m working on him to try it out.

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH MARCIA

When did you start CrossFitting?  I started Crossfit in April of 2012.  It was two days before my birthday.  Looking back it is the best present I gave myself (didn’t think that after the first two workouts though)!  I wished it wouldn’t have taken me three months to taste the “kool- aid”.

Main reason for joining BBCF?   I was at a birthday party for Scott Hart’s son and Annette and Scott couldn’t say enough good things about it.  I was at a point in my life where I needed a change and PUSH!

 What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?  First time I am going to admit this but I couldn’t get out of there fast enough for fear of joining “PUKIE”.  What helped me to fight through it were the others there cheering you on!!

 Occupation?    I am a pediatric physical therapist.  I wish the clinic I worked for was a lot closer to BBCF because I know a lot of the kids I treat would benefit from this physically and mentally!

 Hobbies/Interests?  Boating, horseback riding, camping, sports, cards and hanging out with my crazy family.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?  Always give 100% and never give up! 

What is your fitness background?  I grew up in a family being the only girl so I had no choice but to be involved in sports.  I played softball my freshman year of college but due to a knee injury decided to hang up the cleats.  Outside of that I have done the typical gym and home videos but always found myself not pushing as hard as I should.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?  The “family” that I have developed through Crossfit.  I love that we all push each other and help one another.  If it wasn’t for Rob’s crazy jokes and Gayle’s smiling face (and all the rest of my morning cronies) at 5:30 in the morning it would be pretty tough!  I like how every WOD is different.  And I can’t forget Coach Dave, Coach Melissa and Coach Jason you guys push us when we might not push ourselves! 

 How has BBCF changed your life?  I feel sore all the time but in a good way.   BBCF has helped me to not sweat the small stuff in life.   I am probably the strongest I have been both mentally and physically in my life!

 What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF?   I feel healthier both mentally and physically.  Probably in the best shape of my life!

What are your future training goals?  Wow there are so many things I would love to master.  Biggest is to continue to improve on my pull ups and double unders.  And like Coach Jason maybe get over the fear of being upside down with the handstands.

 Favorite sport or activity?  Besides Crossfit?  Hmmm being active with my nieces and nephews.

Recent adventure you’re planning?  I think it needs to include a beach, sun and cabana boy J

Tell us something we don’t know about you?  If you tell me I can’t do something I will prove you wrong (you can thank my high school basketball coach).  I am a rocking chair dancer but get me on the dance floor and my two left feet come out.

 What is your favorite workout?  I love the agility obstacle courses, team WODs and Poker

 What is your LEAST favorite workout?  I’m a little afraid to say because I hear Coach Dave’s evil laugh as he writes that WOD on the board next week J 

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?  The “CrossFit for a Clause” was a lot of fun.  Being able to get my niece involved and seeing her smile the whole way through the workout.  Otherwise I feel the hero WODs just knowing we are paying respect to those who allow us to live in the best place!!

 Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments?  It feels great improving on your time or increasing your weight but mostly the friendships that you develop! 

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit?  Don’t give up!  Don’t focus on other people’s time, weight, etc. just focus on improving YOU!  Remember some days you may feel great and others are more difficult but as long as you finish you have succeeded. 

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series. Our December 2012 Athlete of the Month is Teri Hanson.

Our interview with Teri….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: I have been married to my husband, Jon, for eight and a half years, and we have two children, Ethan (5) and Aubree (3).  Jon and I both grew up in Yorkville and lived here ever since, with the exception of going away to college.

When did you start CrossFitting? June, 2011

Main reason for joining BBCF?I’d been complaining about not being able to lose the “baby-fat” after having my second kid (this was going on 2 years after she was born!) and finally decided running wasn’t cutting it.  Also, I was tired of hearing about my friends and family who were already members telling me how great it was.  I thought working out wasn’t supposed to be enjoyable, so I had to see for myself!

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?Wow, I thought I was in okay shape, but that 6 ½ minutes just kicked my butt!  I have a LONG way to go!!

Occupation?I am a Reading Specialist for 4-6 grade students.

Hobbies/Interests? Getting outside with the family (hiking, riding bikes, playing at the park, swimming, playing in the snow, etc.), shopping, reading, trying out new recipes (mostly paleo!)

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? You can feel sore tomorrow or you can feel sorry tomorrow.  YOU CHOOSE!

What is your fitness background? I’ve grown up always involved in sports and played softball and volleyball through high school and for recreation into my adult life.  After college I began running to stay in shape, and I participate in the occasional 5k or 10k race.  I’ve completed three half-marathons too! Before Cross Fit I would also hit the occasional step aerobics or yoga class.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? Where to start…First of all, I love that I don’t have to do any thinking when it comes to the workout—the programing is all done for us! And, the best part of the programming is that it produces results way better than any other fitness program I’ve tried!  I also love that I get excited to go workout!  I have never had that experience with working out.  I would run or workout because I knew I should, but now I do it because I truly want to!  I love the community at Bare Bones.  Everyone is so supportive and encouraging.  I’ve also built some great friendships though Bare Bones.  Finally, one of the best things about Cross Fit is that there are so many ways to see progress.  I think that’s what motivates me the most!  Between conquering a new move to beating my previous time on a benchmark WOD to reaching a new PR on a lift, it’s being able to see results that keeps me going and pushing myself to that next level.

How has BBCF changed your life? I am in the best shape that I have ever been in my entire life, thanks to Bare Bones. Not only physically, but I also have also found new strength mentally to push myself through those really tough moments.  I have learned to eat in a way that better nourishes my body as well–I’m certainly not perfect in this aspect, but tons better than I was before BBCF!

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? I used to think I was “in shape” because I was a runner, but I quickly realized that I had very little upper body strength.  So, over the last year and a half, I have gained tons of strength and stamina, and lost about 10 pounds.  I knocked about 2 ½ minutes off my 5k PR, and now I can do pull ups, handstand pushups, and most of the workouts RX.

What are your future training goals? Butterfly pull-ups, muscle up (I may be dreaming here!), L-sit for more than like 5 seconds, get my knees to actually touch my elbows in KTE on a consistent basis,……. I could go on and on!  Every time we do a benchmark WOD, my goal is to beat my previous time.

Favorite sport or activity? These days, most of our activities involve keeping the kids occupied!  My favorite times with them are when we get outside and do something active like go on hikes or play catch.

Recent adventure you’re planning? Just before Christmas, my whole family is going to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for our annual ski trip.  I’ve been going with my family since I was a kid and I love sharing this experience with my children!

Tell us something we don’t know about you? We are expecting our third baby at the end of June!  I plan to stick with Cross Fit throughout this pregnancy, but, man, is it hard doing this with a bun in the oven!  I give a lot of credit to those Cross Fit Mamas out there!

What is your favorite workout? Benchmark WODs

What is your LEAST favorite workout? Reps of heavy weight dead lifts, and anything with lots of push ups or ring rows.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? Two come to mind.  The first one was when I had only been coming to Bare Bones for about a week or two, and it was a “pick your own WOD” day, so Coach Jason suggested Fran.  I had no idea what I was in for!  I think I was in my first set of 21 thrusters and I just remember thinking, “Why am I breathing so hard when my feet aren’t even moving?!?”

Another one of my most memorable workouts was Murph last Veteran’s Day.  It was one of the first WODs that I was able to do RX pull-ups, and I did 100 of them!  At about #87 I my hands tore open and those last few were just miserable, but the sense of accomplishment I felt when I was done was worth it all!

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? I really enjoyed the competition Libertyville this past October and Freedom Challenge at BBCF in July!  It was fun being part of a team and kicking butt together!

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit?Don’t forget your rep count, don’t get frustrated if it’s hard at first (it is for everyone!), and push yourself as hard as you can!  You really do get out of it what you put in!

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series. Our November 2012 Athlete of the Month is Dave Jones.

Our interview with Dave….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: Married to Corinna for almost 13 years.  (I am still trying to convince her to participate in a Family/Friends WOD)  We have 2 kids (Gabby 12 and Luke 9).

When did you start CrossFitting? I began last January

Main reason for joining BBCF?Needed a new fitness fix and I figured after visiting the BBCF website a dozen times, it was time to try it…looked too interesting to pass up.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? WTF?  How can I be so damn tired after only 7 minutes? What the hell is the next work out going to bring? And why is this Dave guy so damn happy when I’m in so much pain?

Occupation?High School Administrator

Hobbies/Interests? Golfing, Family time, coaching baseball (and creating CF WODs)

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? 1. “It doesn’t matter that you get knocked down.  It matters that you got back up”   2. “ Have fun & get it done!”

What is your fitness background?I think I’ve tried just about everything (running, P90X, Insanity, Anytime Fitness…) but nothing has been as challenging & addicting as CrossFit.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? The team workouts are challenging & fun and the people are incredibly supportive.  Everyone at BBCF wants to do their best, but they also want you to do your best.

How has BBCF changed your life? I just turned 45 and am honestly in the best shape of my life.  I have new found strength and energy.  I was scheduled for knee replacement surgery this December, but CrossFitting has allowed me to postpone until ???  Working out used to be a chore, but at BBCF, as soon as I leave the box—I can’t wait to return.  I actually get pissed when there is a tough WOD on my off days.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? I have lost nearly 30 pounds and reduced my body fat by nearly 50%.  And I have discovered these weird bumps in the spot where my beer gut used to be.

What are your future training goals?I would like to be able to perform DU like Doc Nate, crank out pull ups like Bobby, lift like Mike Martin, and make Monica Seles grunts during the WOD like Erik B.  I also have the goal of never visiting “Pukie”—so far so good!

Favorite sport or activity? Baseball and College Football…love everything about them.

Recent adventure you’re planning? My wife and I just returned from a weekend football trip to my alma mater (University of Oklahoma).  Next trip is hopefully somewhere where the sun is hot and the beer is cold!

Tell us something we don’t know about you?Before teaching, I worked in the front office for the Chicago White Sox.

What is your favorite workout?Hero Workouts, partner workouts, and anything outside.

What is your LEAST favorite workout? Any WOD that brings that evil smile to Dave Kiest’s face, or any workout that involves pushing that sled on the rubber floor.  My apologies to my team that day—embarrassing!

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? Toss-up between “The Sevens” on Memorial Day and the Freedom Challenge.  During both I was sure I was going to die, but I felt incredible after completing them.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? I enjoyed creating my own WOD (Kaiser Kiest Countdown)…some people were not so happy with me, but once Shawnna flipped me off…I knew it was a good WOD!

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit?It’s not about beating the clock or beating the person next to you.  It’s about setting goals for yourself and busting your ass until you reach them…and you will reach them.

Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  This month we have Beryl Jones. October 2012

Our interview with Beryl….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family:

My wife, Teresa, and I moved to Yorkville from the Peoria area six years ago.  We just celebrated our 40th anniversary.  I just celebrated 4o years with Caterpillar.  We have three adult children.  Our son, Chad,  and his wife, Nikki, and our grandson, Josh, live in Chatham, Illinois.  Our son, Ryan, lives in Springfield, Illinois.  And our daughter Laura and her husband Erik, and our granddaughter Sofie live in Olatha, Kansas.

When did you start CrossFitting?

I began CrossFitting six months ago.

Main reason for joining BBCF?

Trying to slow the aging process down.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?

I thought “What did I get myself into?”

Occupation?

Human Resources Manager

Hobbies/Interests?

Woodworking.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?

You can be an old senior citizen, or a young senior citizen.  You choose.  ( I chose the latter.)

What is your fitness background?

I have never belonged to a gym or worked out before.  The only way I would ever run was if someone or something was chasing me.  An occasional walk or bike ride was about it.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?

Probably the encouragement I get from other CrossFitters.  At one time I was about ready to quit but the encouragement I got from one of the seasoned CrossFitters kept me going.

How has BBCF changed your life?

I never would have dreamed I could do some of the stuff I Do at BareBones.  It  has given me more confidence.  I feel better, and I am not sure why, but since joining BBCF I actually pay more attention to my diet.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF?

My first evening at BBCF I nearly died.  I couldn’t even do a single push-up or pull-up.  I still can’t do a pull-up, but getting closer.  I can knock out several push-ups.  That first night I would never believe I could do some of the workouts I do now.

What are your future training goals?

Keep working out at BBCF.  Now I feel guilty if I miss a session.

Favorite sport or activity?

I took up golf a few years ago.  Like CrossFitting, I am not very good, but I love it.

Recent adventure you’re planning?

Retirement.  I  am planning to retire in the next month or two.  That will be a real adventure.

What is your favorite workout?

They all suck, but I wouldn’t miss them for the world.

What is your LEAST favorite workout?

They all suck, but I wouldn’t miss them for the world.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?

I don’t remember the workout, but I remember nearly losing my lunch afterwards.  What a feeling!!!

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit?

Don’t get discouraged at the lack of progress.  When I first started, I would get upset because I couldn’t lift as much weight as most of the others in the class.  It is not about how many reps or how much weight.  It is about pushing yourself.  Thanks to Coaches Dave and Melissa for finally getting that across to me.

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.

Each month we will spotlight a different Bare Bones athlete.  This month we have Jen Peluse…September 2012

Our interview with Jen….
Tell us a little bit about you and your family: I’m 44 years old, I live in a little town called Somonauk. I have been married for 21 years and have 2 beautiful children, Scott 20, and Katie 17.

When did you start CrossFitting? January 2012.

Main reason for joining BBCf? I was feeling pretty bad about myself and a friend told me about bare bones.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? Oh my god, I’m going to die right here .

Occupation? Manager of Hi-Tide campground.

Hobbies/Interests? I love doing make up and making women feel beautiful. Well then their is my addiction to crossfit.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? What does not kill you makes you stronger.

What is your fitness background? Watching my daughter play sports

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? I love the trainers, they are all so awesome.they make me feel like I can do anything

How has BBCF changed your life? So many things, I feel so much better, stronger , more confident and I love my new outlook on life

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? Wow , I have lost 78 lbs.  My entire body is transforming.

What are your future training goals? I really want to do a pull up, and I’m working on my running.

Favorite sport or activity? Crossfit.

Recent adventure you’re planning? Well I’m going on a cruise in November .

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I never give up .

What is your favorite workout? Anything with deadlifts .

What is your LEAST favorite workout? Anything with rowing and then running, but I’m working on it.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? I really liked the crossfit poker.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? the first one was when I ran 400 meters without stopping. Then dead lifted 230 lbs.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit? Don’t be afraid to try something that looks impossible because if you want it, it is possible.
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In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BB athlete.  This month August 2012 we have Nate Strausberger…

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: My wife Shawnna and I are celebrating our 7 year itch this year and we have two beautiful kids who thankfully got most of their mother’s genes.

When did you start CrossFitting?This November will be 2 years for me

Main reason for joining BBCF?If it could make my wife work out, it must be fun.  I also thought it would be good rehab for my shoulder.  I had 6 anchors put in my left shoulder to repair a torn labrum about a year before starting crossfit and I needed to keep stretching it to gain mobility that I had lost.  Crossfit has really done wonders for my shoulder.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?I hate pull-ups (this sentiment hasn’t changed much over last two years)

Occupation? I am independent sales rep in the glass and optical coating industry.  It’s pretty sexy stuff.

Hobbies/Interests? I am just generally happy to be doing anything if I am outside

Words to live by? Work hard so you can play hard

What is your fitness background? 12 oz curls, bean bags, sporadic upper body weight lifting and some very slow jogging.  I have always been involved in playing all and any sports since I was a little kid.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?I love the competition that takes place on a daily basis and I also like that there are plenty of metrics in place that allow you to gauge your progress.  Melissa does a great job with the website and posting results which I think help drive everyone.

How has BBCF changed your life?Since I work out of the house and sit in a chair all day, I cannot wait to get to BBCF in the afternoon to not only work up a good sweat, but to socialize with what have become some of my closest friends.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? I have increased my strength and cardio a ton.  I even start to see some of my abs by Friday but they usually disappear by Monday.

What are your future training goals? Beat Mike Martin

Favorite sport or activity? Watching Football

Recent adventure you’re planning? I think we are going to fit a couple of camping trips in with the kids once the weather cools down.  We have this growing list of house repairs and updates that we hope to start tackling by the fall.  If you don’t see me come September, it’s because I’ve fallen off a ladder or nailed myself to the floor.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I like weed-whacking

What is your favorite workout? I really think “Seven” is my favorite so far just because of the sense of accomplishment I felt when I was done.  The first time I did it I think I only got through about five to six  rounds in over an hour and this last year I did the whole thing in around 48 minutes.

What is your LEAST favorite workout? Nancy

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? Fight Gone Bad

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? A lot of my memories are erased during the Bare Bones Night Outs but one of the most recent successful memories was the Freedom Challenge which I thought was one of the most fun competitions we have done to date.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining Bare Bones CrossFit?Stick with it and really push through it.  The harder you go today, the easier it will be tomorrow.  There is nothing wrong with visiting “Pukie”.

July 2012 Athlete of the Month, Barb Thompson

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BBCF athlete.  This month we have Barb Thompson….

Our interview with Barb….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: I grew up in Morris.  I have been married to Nate Thompson for almost seven years.  We have 3 kids (ages 5, 3, and 1).  Prior to becoming a full-time mom, I was an elementary school teacher in Plainfield.

When did you start CrossFitting? I began CrossFitting exactly one year ago.

Main reason for joining BBCF?Nate had joined Crossfit and talked about it constantly.  I kept thinking “Why would someone want to workout so hard and be so sore all the time?  That does not sound like fun!” A few months after our son was born, Nate coached me through a couple of tabatas in our family room.  I did pretty well and decided to give Crossfit a try.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? I want more Crossfit!

Occupation? I started a seasonal children’s consignment sale in Kendall County five years ago that started off small and has become a giant event.

Hobbies/Interests? My only hobby right now is Crossfit.  My kids take up the rest of my time and energy.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? Compete with the version of you that you’re striving to become.

What is your fitness background? I was big into Power Tumbling as a kid and teen.  At one point I was the state and national champion for my age group & level.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? There are so many things I love about Crossfit.  One of my favorite parts is the feeling you have right after a WOD, being completely wiped by having given everything you’ve got to give.  I also love the anticipation before a WOD.  And of course the support and encouragement in the gym.

How has BBCF changed your life? It’s taught me how strong and determined I can be.  I haven’t set goals for anything in life for years until Crossfit.  Now I continually set and meet goals.  Being able to do something you couldn’t do two months ago is a great feeling!

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF?I’ve lost about 25 pounds and am in the best shape of my life!

What are your future training goals? Muscle ups

Favorite sport or activity? I love hiking (especially through the mountains)…not that I get to do that very often.

Recent adventure you’re planning? Nate and I have been talking about taking a trip to Atlantis.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I’m a pretty quiet and reserved person (although I think everyone does know that about me).

What is your favorite workout? The hero wods are awesome!  The more difficult it is…the more I love it.  I love doing benchmarks also to track my progress.

What is your LEAST favorite workout? Anything with running more than 400m…I’ve never been a fan of running.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? I remember we had to do 100 pullups in a workout.  I had just gotten the kipping pullup without bands and I remember thinking “There is absolutely ZERO chance I can finish all 100 pullups without a band.”  I finished all 100 pullups without the band.  Best. Feeling. Ever.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? The first competition really lit my competitive nature.  Ever since then, I’ve been more driven to become better and push harder every day.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit?Push yourself and don’t stop pushing yourself ever.  Give everything you’ve got.  When you feel like you can’t go any further “just pickup the bar”.  The results you’ll see from Crossfit are amazing…physically and mentally!

June 2012 Athlete of the Month Annette

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BBCF athlete.  This month  we have Annette Hart….

Annette started with BBCF last August. We’ve learned since then that Annette is probably one of the most determined people we know. She is a great motivator and supporter of the other athletes, always cheering them on and her positive attitude is always present.  Annette has had a lot of ankle/foot issues and she still continued to come to Bare Bones and worked on gaining strength in other areas while letting it heal. She’s mastered her pull-ups and will probably be mastering those muscle-ups soon! She is always pushing herself to the next level. We love having Annette a part of our CrossFit family.

Our interview with Annette….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family:Well I grew up in Newark; my husband refers to my family as Norwegian rednecks. After marrying Rich almost 19 years ago I moved to the big city of Yorkville. We now have three children T.J. 14, Joey 12, and Faith 10.

When did you start Cross Fitting? August 2011

Main reason for joining BBCF?I saw the results that my husband Rich was getting from BBCF and I wanted to get in on it too. Coach Dave and Coach Melissa have been friends for many years. One day last summer I saw Melissa at the water park and I said to myself that I wanted to look half as good as she did. So I joined.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?I thought I was in good shape; I am tall, thin and have always worked out. Then I got my butt kicked in the longest 7 and half minutes of my life. For the record I didn’t throw up until my first WOD.

Occupation?Self-Employed Hair Dresser

Hobbies/Interests? Camping, outdoors type stuff, and riding my dirt bike (Honda CRF 150). I enjoy visiting nursing homes, schools, and hospitals with my therapy dogs Reece and Grace. I like to volunteer at my kids schools. Spending time with my kids and I love to bake.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?From the movie Facing the Giants when the coach is screaming/yelling on the ground in the football players faces “give your best your very best don’t quit don’t give up don’t quit”. Sometimes when I want to quit and my brain is telling me to stop I think of that coach in the movie on the ground screaming and yelling at the kids in 100 degree Georgia heat. Facing the Giants is a must see, very inspirational movie.

What is your fitness background? I have tried many programs and gyms over the years and never had the result that I have achieved at BBCF.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? LOVE MY MORNING GIRLS, couldn’t do it without them. I have had several injuries over the last few years not from BBCF. The coaches have been able to help me work around my injuries and get me back into the game. The coaches are always watching to prevent injuries. I shouldn’t have been jumping rope on my one good foot while the other foot was broken/sprained/strained ankle, good eye Coach Dave.

How has BBCF changed your life?I have made a lot of nice friends and I am definitely stronger and in the best shape of my life.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? I can finally do dead hang pull ups unassisted. It’s not pretty or graceful but I can do it.

What are your future training goals?Doing the things that I hate because I am not good at them, I will practice them a little every day.

Favorite sport or activity? My WOD of course. Going to the water park with the kids now that summer is here.

Recent adventure you’re planning? We are going to Branson this month with kids (Redneck Vacation at its best). Spending time at our property in Western Illinois when we can. The big trip of the summer is a ladies vacation with my sister and daughter Faith to see my Aunt, Uncle, and Cousins in Maine.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?I played drums for eight years. I drove Rich crazy asking him for a drum set so I bought him a toy electronic drum set for Christmas as a joke. Mr. Punish got me when I tripped on it and rolled my ankle, and that was the beginning of several ankle surgeries over the years.

What is your favorite workout?Four corners outside on a hot (over a 90 degree) August day followed by second favorite “Murph”.

What is your LEAST favorite workout?Anything with wall balls, but I am working on them.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?The four corners because I threw up and kipping pull ups for the first time.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones Cross Fit memories/moments? I just love to see the results from other people as they lose weight, tone up, or master difficult skills.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining Cross Fit?It doesn’t matter if your times are at the top or the bottom, what really matters is how hard you try. Give it your best, you’re very best and never give up. Everybody at BBCF is different. God made all of us unique in our own sort of way so make the best with what he gave you. If you give 100% you will see results.

May 2012 Athlete of the Month P.K.

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BBCF athlete.  This month  we have P.K….

PK has been an outstanding athlete from the beginning. His kindness and willing to help others has been noticed not only by the Coaches but also from the other athetes. PK is the type of guy who will finish his own workout and then does not hesitate to go and help someone else finish theirs.  He’s always encouraging others and sets a good example for everyone around.  We are happy to have someone like PK be a part of our CrossFit Family. Congrats PK!!

Our interview with PK….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: My wife KT and I got married this past Sept, and are expecting our first little one this coming July!!

When did you start CrossFitting? Nov. 2010

Main reason for joining BBCF? Needed some variation

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? I can’t wait for more!

Occupation? K-5 PE teacher

Hobbies/Interests? College football and basketball

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? I am lucky to be able to do what I do, cause many people wish they could be in my place.

What is your fitness background? Non-stop fitness for as long as I can remember

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? Competition and pushing others to get better

How has BBCF changed your life? I was at a point where I was not hitting my peek, but crossfit has helped me to again push myself to reach new levels.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? My overall strength and muscular endurance has improved.

What are your future training goals? My goal is to complete the upcoming marathon I have planned in July. After that, I just want to be able to say I worked my butt off.

Favorite sport or activity? Football and basketball

Recent adventure you’re planning? Having a baby!!!!

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I can’t wait to move out of this state. It’s boring and the weather is horrible, but it doesn’t look like it will be any time soon.

What is your favorite workout? Anything without deadlifts.

What is your LEAST favorite workout? Anything with deadlifts.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? Memorial Day 2011 – We did the Seven workout. It had to be 90 some degrees. It took over an hour. That was a challenge!

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? Seeing people who come into crossfit and can’t do a pull up or run a mile and down the road seeing them complete those tasks they thought were impossible.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit? Tomorrow may not come so bust your butt today!

April 2012 Athlete of the Month Jon Hanson

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BBCF athlete.  This month we have Jon Hanson…

Jon started with us in July 2011 and when he first came in to Bare Bones he was already one of those guys who you’d think were in great shape.  He was a runner and definitely had great endurance, but wanted to build his strength up. Since then, we  have been very impressed with Jon’s improvements. His run times are faster and he’s RXing the WODs that include those heavy lifts. His strength has vastly improved! Jon has also started competing and we are looking forward to seeing him in more upcoming competitions! We enjoy having Jon’s pleasant personality and positive attitude around the gym. (We think he must take after his Mom, Lori). Congrats Jon on being April’s Athlete of the Month!

Our interview with Jon….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: I’ve been married to my wife Teri for almost 8 years. We have two amazing kids Ethan who will turn 5 this April and Aubree who will turn 3 in July. I’ve lived in or around Yorkville my whole life. I graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2001 with a degree in Biological Science.

When did you start CrossFitting? The end of July 2011.

Main reason for joining BBCF? I knew a few people that had been working out at Bare Bones for awhile, including my mom, Lori. Then my wife, Teri, joined in June, and its all she would talk about when I would get home from work. With everyone saying how great crossfit was I had to cave and try the Kool-Aid  for myself.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? Where can I hide so all these people don’t see me vomit? I think I sat in the restroom for 10 minutes trying to regain my composure.

Occupation? Manufacturing Engineer for lower powertrain components at Caterpillar.

Hobbies/Interests? Anything outdoors. I especially love fishing with my son and my brothers and camping with my family.

Words to live by? Life’s a garden, Dig it.

What is your fitness background? I played baseball in high school and intramural sports in college. After college my main form of exercise was running. About 15-25 miles per week.  I’ve completed 3 half marathons so far, and even tried triathlons for a few years. I gave that up when I came to the conclusion that I hate swimming while getting kicked in the face.  I also did a little strength training on a Bowflex.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? It’s always different. Completing a workout is fun and not a chore. Once you accomplish something there is always something else to master.

How has BBCF changed your life? Overall I’m living a healthier lifestyle. My diet has completely changed.  It’s made me a more driven person. If you can push yourself through some of these WODs you can do anything.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? I’ve gained strength and become a more well rounded athlete. I have abs again!

What are your future training goals? I want to finally master butterfly pull-ups and try to make regional’s in the open next year.

Favorite sport or activity? I would have to say Baseball. Let’s-Go, Go-Go- Whitesox!

Recent adventure you’re planning? VEGAS in May!I love me some penny slots. Teri and I are planning a trip to Florida with the kids in July. Their first time to Disney World. Can’t wait!

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I’ll give you two. 1) I’m a closet Karaoke addict.2) I have an identical twin brother. So if you see me out somewhere and I act like I don’t know you, it’s because it was Jason and he really doesn’t know who you are.

What is your favorite workout? Fight Gone Bad

What is your LEAST favorite workout? Anything with good mornings. How can such a simple movement cause SOOO much pain? My legs are destroyed for days.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? Murph (1 mile run,100 pull-ups, 200push-ups,300 squats, 1mile run) I thought that one would never end.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? All the competition events, my first muscle up, and making it onto the board for the 5-4-3-2-1.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit? Stick with it. Don’t let the voice in your head tell you something is impossible. Kill the Voice (read the post, I think it’s on the website somewhere).

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March 2012 Athlete of the Month Rick Dillon

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BBCF athlete.  This month we have Rick Dillon

Rick joined Bare Bones back in December of 2010. Soon after he started, his wonderful wife (former athlete of the month) Jen joined. We have loved having them in our evening classes and have really enjoyed seeing how much they’ve progressed over this past year. Rick is always pushing himself through every workout and gives it his all.  Aside from that, anyone who knows him would agree that he has a pleasant personality and a calmness about him that is nice to be around, even after a killer workout! We are so happy to have Rick a part of our community and we will look forward to seeing him get that Muscle-up! We know it’s coming SOON!

Our interview with Rick….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: I have been married to my wife, Jen, for 16 years and we have one son, Noah, who is 9.  We have lived in Yorkville for 5 years.

When did you start CrossFitting? December 2010

Main reason for joining BBCF? My friend, Randy Harker, invited me so I decided to give it a try and have been coming ever since.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?I can’t breathe, I can’t stop coughing and I can’t wait to get home to lie on the floor.  After I recovered, I thought “that was pretty cool” and then I talked Jen into going.

Occupation? I am a Mortgage Underwriter.

Hobbies/Interests? I enjoy listening to music, traveling and spending time with my family and friends.

Words to live by. Do your best at everything you do.

What is your fitness background? I had done P90X in the past but had lost motivation to work out.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? When the WOD is over, just kidding.  I like everything about it especially accomplishing things that I didn’t think were possible.

How has BBCF changed your life? It has become a huge part of my life.  I enjoy the challenge of the WODS, the great people I have met and being able to share the experience with Jen.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? I have lost about 20 pounds and have become mentally and physically stronger.

What are your future training goals? I would like to be able to do a muscle-up.

Favorite sport or activity? Bare Bones night out is an activity, right? I like baseball also.

Recent adventure you’re planning? We are going to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico this summer.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I am a pretty good cook.

What is your favorite workout?I don’t have a favorite workout but I like doing benchmark workouts. It’s nice to see your progress.

What is your LEAST favorite workout? Kelly – 5 rounds for time of 400 meter run, 30 box jumps and 30 wall balls.  I was embracing the suck!!

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? Cinco De Mile-o. I had a blast.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? I have gone from using a band to kipping/butterfly pull-ups and have moved from single jump ropes to double-unders.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit? Just keep coming, you won’t regret it.

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February 2012 Athlete of the Month Pam Penney

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BBCF athlete.  This month we have Pam Penney…

Pam came to us in June of 2011 and we could tell immediately that she had her mind set on getting back in shape.  It wasn’t long that she realized she could push herself farther than she thought she could and began  seeing results soon after. We have seen so many changes in Pam since first starting with us. Not only in her physical appearance but her confidence and strength as well.  Her motivation and energy are just a couple of traits that make Pam a great Athlete and we’re happy to have her with us!

Our interview with Pam….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: I have been married to my husband, Eric, for 6 years.  We have 2 children:  Evan, 4, and Lauren 1.  We also have 2 cat babies (Peter and Kit).

When did you start CrossFitting? June 2011.

Main reason for joining BBCF? I had had my baby nine months earlier and really wanted to get back into exercising.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? Where is the nearest bench to sit down?

Occupation?3rd Grade Teacher

Hobbies/Interests? I like playing with my kids, and planning new lessons for my students.  I also like reading and sleeping from time to time.

Words to live by? I’m sorry.   Admitting to doing something wrong, asking forgiveness and moving on is really powerful.  Everyone makes mistakes!

What is your fitness background? I played volleyball in high school and was on the dance team.  When I returned home from college, I worked out on and off at a local gym.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? My favorite part of Crossfit is how I feel after I work out, the constant encouragement from everyone, and all of the new friends I have met.

How has BBCF changed your life? I feel better mentally and physically than ever before and have made exercise a priority in my life.  My diet has changed as well – I never would have thought I would stop drinking milk!

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? My body is more toned and my mood has definitely improved.  I am down 3 sizes and about 15 pounds.   Also, I can actually run some distance without stopping/fainting/throwing up.

What are your future training goals? I would like to join a competition…(Can’t believe I am putting that in writing!!)

Favorite sport or activity? Dancing.  I loved volleyball when I played but am way out of practice!

Recent adventure you’re planning? I am not really planning anything right now.  This question has me thinking that I really need to do something soon!

Tell us something we don’t know about you?I got my degree after attending 5 colleges/universities.  One was only for a day.

What is your favorite workout?I really like the challenge of the hero workouts.

What is your LEAST favorite workout? Anything with Turkish Get-Ups…I can’t seem to actually “get up”.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? 400 meter broad jump.  When reading this ahead of time, I didn’ think it would be that difficult.  Obviously, I was proven wrong on the 90 degree day in summer when I was the only one left out on Wheaton Ave. willing my legs to move.  I did finish Rx after 30 minutes.  Very proud of myself and very sore for days!

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? First double under, first kipping pull-up, first rope climb…all of those firsts have been great memories!

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit?Have fun, stick with it and do your best!

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January 2012 Athlete of the Month, Mary LeCuyer

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BBCF athlete.  This month we have Mary LeCuyer…

We couldn’t think of a better person to kick the New Year off for Athlete of the Month than Mary LeCuyer! Mary started with Bare Bones back in August of 2010 and has been committed to CrossFit since.  Mary has been a part of most of our events including Cinco de Mile-O, Fight Gone Bad and the 2010 CrossFit Regionals in Chicago where she lent her beautiful voice and sang the Star Spangled Banner before the competition began. Since Mary’s pregnancy, we have seen her push through the most difficult WOD’s, not letting her current condition stop her. Often we hear comments from other athletes on how they are amazed at what she can do 7 and 8 months pregnant. Mary is truly an inspiration for many and we are so proud at how far she has come. We love having Mary a part of our Bare Bones family!

Our interview with Mary….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: I live in Plano with my husband, Tony and our Boston terrier, Bravo.  We are very excited for our Baby, Camille to arrive in March!

When did you start CrossFitting? August 2010

Main reason for joining BBCF? My brother in law, Rob Green, told me about Bare Bones and encouraged me to join!  I was tired of my old workout routine.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? I was extremely tired but very excited for facing more challenging CrossFit workouts!

Occupation? Vocalist, voice and piano teacher

Hobbies/Interests? Watching/attending sporting events, boating in the summer

Words to live by? Take any challenge presented to you head on and never give up!

What is your fitness background? I have always tried to stay physically active, but never to the extent that I’m working out now.  I was on the softball team from 3rd grade to 8th grade.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? The camaraderie…I have gained so many new friendships from joining BBCF.

How has BBCF changed your life? I have gained a whole new knowledge and respect for fitness and wellness.  Not only do I understand functional movements for exercise, but I understand what it means to maintain a healthy diet.   This is priceless knowledge I am gaining for the rest of my life.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? Well, before I have gained pregnancy weight, I had lost 2 pants sizes and gained muscle tone.  While I have been pregnant, I have this whole new sense of strength and drive from within!

What are your future training goals? After baby Camille arrives, I hope to be able to be successful at the kipping pull up and maybe join the muscle up club!

Favorite sport or activity? I enjoy running and golfing.

Recent adventure you’re planning? Welcoming our first child into the world in March!

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I love to sing with my dog :-)

What is your favorite workout? Fran-Yay for thrusters and pull ups

What is your LEAST favorite workout? Rolling Randy- boo to snatches, burpees and forward rolls

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? The 5-4-3-2-1 on the first day, because Tony and I were there together and it was a whole new and exciting adventure for both of us!

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? I would have to say, all of the workouts I have completed while being pregnant.  I have definitely learned a lot about myself and have gained the necessary strengths to get me through the biggest WOD of my life….labor and delivery!

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit? Make it your new lifestyle and enjoy your experience!

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December 2011 Athlete of the Month, Erin Shanahan

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BBCF athlete.  This month we have Erin Shanahan…

Erin joined Bare Bones back in May and she has left an impression on us from the beginning. There’s no doubt about it that Erin has the drive, determination, motivation and passion towards CrossFit that all CrossFitters should endeavor.  It doesn’t matter if Erin is the last one to finish, she finds the inner strength to push through until she finishes, even through the toughest WOD’s.  Many of our athletes have mentioned how impressed they are with how hard she pushes herself. We are very glad Erin is part of our community and are happy to choose her as our December Athlete of the Month!

Our interview with Erin….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: I grew up in Naperville with my parents and 3 younger sisters, and I went to college at UW-Madison. After college, I moved to Chicago with my dog Charlie and lived there while I went to law school. Then, Charlie and I moved back out here when I got a job in the suburbs about 2 years ago.

When did you start CrossFitting? May 2011

Main reason for joining BBCF? I was at a point in March of 2011 where I realized I needed to make a change, and I began doing Weight Watchers. Then in April Rob, who I work with, started talking about this CrossFit thing and saying we should try it out, so he set up the initial elements for me and the rest is history. So a big thank you to Rob since this was his idea.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? I can’t believe they made me exercise this hard on the first day!!

Occupation?Assistant Public Defender for Kendall County. I am appointed by the court to be an attorney for people who cannot afford an attorney, and my main responsibility is representing juvenile offenders.

Hobbies/Interests? Baking (not with Paleo approved ingredients, sorry!), reading, hanging out with my dog Charlie, watching copious amounts of television.

Words to live by? “Remember, no man is a failure who has friends”-It’s a Wonderful Life

What is your fitness background? I played a lot of sports when I was younger like basketball, soccer, and I ran track and was pretty competitive in volleyball into early high school. Also, I experimented with exercise classes like kickboxing in college, but who doesn’t experiment in college?

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? I think almost everyone has said this but- The support from the other athletes and the coaches, it really is the difference in Cross Fit.  Having this community that is all working out together and supporting each other is really what I think keeps me going and keeps me pushing myself. There have been so many times that people coming in for the next class have cheered me on as I am finishing or people who are done have run extra laps and that really is something special. And a big Thank You to anyone who has ever offered encouragement or ran an extra lap, you have helped me get to this place!!

How has BBCF changed your life? Well, I have made a complete 180 fitness wise because prior to starting CrossFit I was not exercising at all ( I mean I was always intending to get around to it!) and I was eating complete junk all the time. I have probably never been in this good of shape or felt so healthy, and I really understand the importance of exercise and eating healthy…… This actually makes me sound pretty slow like, it has taken me 27 years to realize that you need to eat healthy and exercise? Really?

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? Fitness wise, I couldn’t run a mile continuously when I started ( or at least I had not attempted to in 10 years) and I have taken 2 minutes off my mile time from when I started here. Body wise- I have lost about 25 pounds, I have muscles and muscle tone I never had before and I have gone down 3 clothing sizes.

What are your future training goals?I am still chasing that unassisted pull-up.

Favorite sport or activity? Napping.

Recent adventure you’re planning? Ummmm….pass.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? There is literally nothing you don’t know, because if you have talked to me for more than two minutes you have heard my life story. If you haven’t spoken to me in person, always feel free to say hi to me at the Box, but you’ve been warned!

What is your favorite workout? I really liked the CrossFit Games we did because it tricks you into exercising. But I also like the really big workouts like the Filthy Fifty.

What is your LEAST favorite workout? Anything where you have to run a mile or more straight.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? I guess the obvious answer is the Bradshaw Warrior Workout, because I got hit in the eye right before the workout and I was wearing a patch over my eye for the whole thing ( and I am sure the lovely picture of that workout is on this page somewhere).  Truthfully, I don’t really remember that actual workout because I was really dizzy and disorientated and just trying to get through it without falling down.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? Maybe a month ago there was a workout where we had to do 5 rounds of Run 200m, 20 Back Extensions, Run 200m, 20 push-ups, Run 200m, 20 sit-ups, Run 200m, 20 squats. So in the end it was a total of 4000m of running and 400 reps of exercises, and after 2 rounds I was beat and I really thought for the first time ever I might not finish a workout. I was about 8-10 minutes behind the group going into the 4th round and really struggling and Joe Miranda who had already finished came up next to me and said he would run one with me- which I thought he was going to just run 200m to keep me going but instead he kept going through all the exercises and finished the entire 4th and 5th rounds with me. It was a great example of what CrossFit is all about because I needed to push myself and get through this workout and sure enough someone was there to support me.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit?Measure your success against yourself and how far you have come, but don’t assume because you haven’t done something before or you couldn’t do it a month ago that you can’t do it today-always keep trying and in that way what you did yesterday really doesn’t count.

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November 2011 Athlete of the Month, Jen Dillon

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BBCF athlete.  This month we have Jen Dillon…

Jen has been a member with us since December 2010. We love how much Jen puts her all into her Nutrition and CrossFit workouts and it has definitely shown in her results. Jen always comes to the WOD with a positive attitude and smile, no matter how difficult the WOD may be. We are blessed to have Jen as a member of the Bare Bones family.

Our interview with Jen….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: I grew up in Wheaton and met Rick at Eastern Illinois University.  We have been married for 16 years and have one son, Noah (9) who is the light of our lives.   We have lived in several different cities and finally settled in Yorkville 5 years ago.

When did you start CrossFitting? December 2010

Main reason for joining BBCF? I had done P90X with Rick in the past but had fallen off the wagon of doing it every day.   I was also in a fitness rut of not wanting to go to the gym at night after work but was not real thrilled with the way I looked or felt.   Rick had been invited to try out CrossFit with Randy Harker.   He came home that night and had to lay down on the floor while he told me about it.  I knew right then that I needed to give it a try.  I started the next weekJ

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? “Did I beat Rick’s time”  (which I did –LOL) then “Wow, I really don’t feel very good” – Also, I wondered on my drive home “Why are all the headlights such a weird color of yellow?”  I probably should have stayed a bit longer to recover before driving homeJ

Occupation? Speech-Language Pathologist for the West Aurora School District

Hobbies/Interests? CrossFit tops my list of interests this past year; I love to read and pretty much carry my kindle wherever I go.   I also love to shop, cook, watch movies and spend time at home with Rick and Noah.

Words to live by? I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).  This has been a verse I have always turned to throughout my life.

What is your fitness background?I have always made fitness a part of my life to some degree since college.  Sometimes quite intensively like doing P90X with Rick, or just getting to the gym a few times per week.   I have had personal trainers in the past but nothing compares to the results I have experienced with BBCF.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? I love pushing myself beyond the voice in my head that is screaming to stop.  This has been such a huge life lesson that I am physically and mentally stronger than I think I am.  I love the competitiveness but especially appreciate the support of the coaches and my fellow CrossFitters.   I have met some fantastic people and am proud to be part of the BBCF community.

How has BBCF changed your life? It has become a huge part of both Rick’s and my life and we really enjoy sharing it together.    I don’t think of working out now as a box I need to check off but something I look forward to ending my day with.  I love working out at night and leaving the stresses of the day at the BBCF door.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? I am not sure how much weight I have lost because I think scales are evil and I don’t like to get on them.   I am down 2 sizes and recently completed the Paleo challenge, which has given me tons of energy and a complete 180 to my eating habits.     My overall strength and flexibility have also improved.

What are your future training goals? I hope to get better at everything.  As of right now, I am concentrating on doing Kipping pull-ups more consistently.

Favorite sport or activity? I love watching baseball especially when Noah is playing or the Cubs are winning (LOL).

Recent adventure you’re planning? Nothing right now, but the thought of somewhere tropical for spring break sounds tempting.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I am fascinated with the weather.  I think my true calling was to be a Meteorologist.   It is one of the reasons why I made Rick move back to Illinois because the only weather in Las Vegas was sunny and hot (there is something fundamentally wrong with 80 degrees and Christmas lights).  He is still just a little bit bitter about the move especially in the months of January and February.

What is your favorite workout? I really like CrossFit Poker and any Tabatas;  also I enjoy any WODs when I can beat Rick’s time… I’m just a little bit competitive with himJ

What is your LEAST favorite workout?Morrison especially when it is 90 degrees with a heat index of 100.  It was an “easy day” that July night.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?“Seven” on Memorial Day… I loved that one especially because it was a smoker!!

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? I think climbing the rope one night for 5 ascents during a WOD.   Dave’s words “ Its all about survival “ hit home that night.  The other was the first time I did an unassisted pull-up with both Rick and Melissa cheering me on!

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit? It will challenge you, it will humble you, it will stretch you beyond anything you have ever done and it will be the best decision you EVER made!

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October 2011 Athlete of the Month, Lori Hanson

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BBCF athlete.  This month we have Lori Hanson…

Lori is an inspiration for everybody at the box. She always has a good attitude and isn’t afraid to push herself as far as she can.  We have seen Lori progress so much since she has joined us over a year ago. We love that Lori as a part of our community and we continue to look forward to seeing many more accomplishments from her.

Our interview with Lori….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family:I grew up in Aurora, and for the last 28 years have lived here in Yorkville. I’ve been married to my husband Bill, for 32 years. (wow, long time) haha. We have 5 children. My three sons, Jon, Jason & Timothy are all married. Sarah and Emily my two daughters are still at home with us. I also have 4 grandchildren ranging in age from 6 down to 2. Tyler, Ethan, Logan and Aubree. You can ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you they are the absolute sunshine of my life!!!!


When did you start CrossFitting? I started CrossFit back in August of 2010.

Main reason for joining BBCF? I had been doing an exercise regiment for about 6 months prior to starting BareBones and heard great things about CrossFit so…I decided to take it to the next level, or shall I say I was coaxed into it!

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? OMG! It was one of the most humid nights of the summer as I remember, while I was driving home I kept saying to myself there is NO way I will ever be able to do this, I’m too old! What was I thinking? And low and behold 2 weeks later was doing my elements classes and the rest is history. I couldn’t imagine NOT doing it now!

Occupation? Manager of a local family owned shoe store.

Hobbies/Interests? I love listening to music, (all kinds) singing when no one is listening, reading, and my most favorite of all is gardening! I have 5 perennial gardens and you can find me there in most of my spare time.

Words to live by? This is taken from one of my favorite movies but I love it! There is no starting or stopping-only doing!

What is your fitness background? Back in the day I used to be a pretty good softball player, I loved the game. I’ve tried various fitness classes over the years, been on the walking routine, and just before starting CrossFit was doing burst training. Oh, I forgot the year of hard core stuff…water aerobics!

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? Hmmm…this is hard because I have many favorite things. I love the sense of accomplishment I feel when I do something for the first time, the people, they are like family to me, but if I were to narrow it down to one thing, it could be said in one word…camaraderie!

How has BBCF changed your life? I have such a great workout ethic now, it’s very rare for you not to see me there every Monday-Wednesday-Friday at 6:30 a.m. And on the days I’m not there I still do some sort of exercise at home. It’s not only made me feel better about myself on the outside, I’m a stronger person on the inside as well.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? I’ve gained muscle mass, always, always have energy and the best is I’ve gone down 3 pant sizes!!!


What are your future training goals? To continue to work on some of my weaknesses. Be able to do unassisted pull ups and master climbing that ROPE!

Favorite sport or activity? Does shopping fall into the sport category? No, I enjoy shooting hoops with my grandkids, playing a little Tennis now and then and watching the Blackhawks.

Recent adventure you’re planning? Going on a vacation in the Spring. We haven’t been on one for a couple of years and I’m ready. I want to go somewhere WARM! My husband likes Hawaii, but I don’t like planes for longer than 3-4 hours!

Tell us something we don’t know about you?I like ornate picture frames and I just LOVE shoes! I’m not anywhere near the amount of pair Imelda Marcos had…my goal is to get close though! I wish!

What is your favorite workout?Karen, gotta love those wall balls.

What is your LEAST favorite workout? I guess it would have to be Adam Brown. I thought it was a real smoker and I said “Adam Brown took me down!” And not a huge fan of burpees either.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? Everything we did the week of our CrossFit games, especially CrossFit Poker, fun stuff.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? I have so many. I have a fear of storms, lightning in particular, we had to run outside one day and Coach Dave encouraged me (get out there Lori, you’ll be fine) and I did it! Another one is how Coach Jason knows when I’m getting tired, he says I squeak! I was doing pull ups one day and my gum went flying out of my mouth! I did pick it up after I was through though. Lastly it would be doing the Cinco Di Mile-o race with my two daughters. There were sore and crawling around for 2-3 days afterwards. I just laughed, squeezed their sore legs and told them they can’t hang with the big dog!

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit? I would say “give it your all”, don’t talk yourself out of doing something you think you can’t, because then you won’t be able to. You will LOVE it and it is addicting. JUST DO IT!

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September 2011 Athlete of the Month, Rob Green

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BB athlete.  This month we have Rob Green…

Rob has been a true inspiration to many beginner athletes at Bare Bones. He came to us over a year ago ready to make a change in his life and decided to give us a try. His hard work has really paid off -as you can tell in the images below.  We really couldn’t imagine not having Rob at Bare Bones!

Our interview with Rob….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: I am a widowed father with 2 great kids Sydney 5 and Noah 2.  My wife Lisa passed away from complications during Gall Bladder surgery 2 years ago.  After a year and half I started dating again and met Kris, and got her into CrossFit too.

(the first image in the below strip was taken shortly after Rob started at BBCF. The image on the far right was taken about a month ago).

When did you start CrossFitting? I started on August 8, 2010 with a bunch of people from Dr. Patrick Smith’s office. I think most of us are still here, even Lisa Ashley.

Main reason for joining BBCF? My dad passed away at age 58 from Prostate cancer.  I’d like to live a little longer than that, so at age 38 it was time to get in shape.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? What the hell have I gotten myself into?

Occupation? I work for a small division of ADT that primarily works on CCTV cameras and electronic article surveillance systems. (aka: the pedestals you see when you walk into Wal-Mart)  This October will be 20 years.

Hobbies/Interests? Radio control – cars and airplanes.  I also enjoy tropical fish, home theater, computers and roller coasters.

Words to live by? Always tell the ones you love, “I love you”, it may be the last time you see them.

What is your fitness background? None, I was a geek in High School…

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? The people !!!

How has CrossFit changed your life? Well besides from now needing a new liver from all the drinking we do, I have made so many new friends and it has helped so much through the rough times I have had over the last 2 years.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? I have lost around 35 pounds and have gone from a size 42 waist to almost a 36.  I have more energy than I have ever had in my life, and I’m even enjoying Paleo.

(the second image is of Rob from when he first started w/BBCF, the rest have recently been taken. You can really see a difference!)

What are your future training goals? Well after 2 shoulder injuries this year, I just want to start RXing things again.  Running a 5K with a decent time would be nice too.

Favorite sport or activity? I enjoying watching sports of any kind, but I’m not very good at playing any.

Recent adventure you’re planning? Kris and I are hoping to go to California sometime next year so I can show her my old stomping grounds.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I worked at Disneyland for 2 years while going to DeVry, nothing exciting just restaurants on Main St., but still the best job I have ever had.

What is your favorite workout? 5-4-3-2-1 and yes even Fran simply because one day I want to RX her and be under 5 minutes.

What is your LEAST favorite workout? Anything with Burpees or Man-makers in it.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? The last team Saturday workout where we had 32 people all yelling and cheering, while we tried to finish the 4000m row.  That was fun.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? I love seeing people reach their goals, Shawnna finally doing a muscle up after trying for so long or Katie completing the IronMan. Those things inspire me to try harder.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit? Hang on and enjoy the ride, because it only gets better.

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AUGUST 2011 ATHLETE OF THE MONTH -PHIL BROWN

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BB Athlete.  This month we have Phil Brown…

Phil is the perfect example of  a team player and we’ve been very happy to have him with us since September 2010. You can always find Phil helping others (including us trainers). He never leaves another athlete behind and he’s always helping others finish their workout along with giving them encouragement to continue on.  Phil pushes himself through every workout  he does and is always improving.  Phil has been wonderful to have at Bare Bones CrossFit!

Our interview with Phil….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: My wife and I grew up about 30 minutes west of Yorkville in small farm towns called Shabbona and Waterman (a.k.a. the ghetto). I spent five years in the Army as a Military Police Officer, and I spent majority of that time in foreign countries. My wife and I met at our first job (Indian Oaks Country Club) where I was a dishwasher and she was a bus-girl. We actually did not start dating until I finished with the Army, and she was finished with college. We moved in together when I got back to Illinois and the rest is history. We moved to the Yorkville area 5 years ago due to job requirements.

When did you start CrossFitting? I started occasionally doing CrossFit workouts two years ago with a friend when I would get bored with the typical gym routine. My wife and I joined BBCF last year in September, and we have enjoyed every sweaty moment.

Main reason for joining BBCF? We had already quit our local gym and purchased gym equipment for our basement , then one day our neighbors (Jordan and Jill Swanson) told us how much fun they were having a local CrossFit gym. We told ourselves that we would join for a couple of months as a trial, but now we could not see leaving BBCF.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? I can’t breathe.

Occupation? I have been in law enforcement for the past twelve years, but I have been a police officer with the City of DeKalb for the past four years.

Hobbies/Interests? I love to play golf, and I am in a summer volleyball league with my wife and her family at a townie bar in Hinckley. I also enjoy going on motorcycle rides with my wife and friends.

Words to live by? Carpe Diem

What is your fitness background? I began lifting weights when I was in the Army back in 1998. I became somewhat of a gym rat when I was deployed to Saudi Arabia, and I got into power lifting. After a few injuries in the gym, I had a different outlook on weight training , and I got away from lifting heavy weights. During that time I hated cardio, but for some unexplained reason, I really enjoyed running when I was at the Police Training Institute, which is a good thing since the cardio aspect of CrossFit absolutely kills me.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? The competition of the training really pushes me to a whole new level that I would never have been able to reach.

How has BBCF changed your life? I love the atmosphere. When one athlete is struggling with a workout, you could almost guarantee that another would give the proper encouragement to help that person get through the workout.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? I haven’t lost any weight since coming to BBCF, but I can tell I have become more powerful and flexible.

What are your future training goals? My next training goal would be to figure out the mystery of the butterfly pull up.

Favorite sport or activity? Like I stated earlier, I love playing golf.

Recent adventure you’re planning? Planning my wife’s 30th birthday party

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I have an obsessive disorder with keeping my house, lawn and vehicles clean (and it drives Ashley insane).

What is your favorite workout? I really like the Saturday team workouts.

What is your LEAST favorite workout? Warrior workout “Jason”. Only because I could not finish the workout. And I blame it on the fact that my hands were sweaty, and I could not grip the rings.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? I cannot remember the contents of the workout, but I remember Coach Jason misunderstood how many rounds we were suppose to be doing. But he got it completely wrong, and we were working out for almost an hour and twenty minutes. I know, for sure, it consisted of sumo deadlift high pulls. And on top of that, Ashley screamed “DONE” after 1 round, as she misread the WOD and thought we only had to do one full round. That’s when Jason informed her that she still had several rounds left, and the look on her face was priceless.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? All good memories at BBCF.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit? Don’t quit . And a quote from Ron Burgundy, “Ohh, it’s the deep burn. Oh, it’s so deep. Oh, I can barely lift my right arm ’cause I did so many. I don’t know if you heard me counting. I did over a thousand.”

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JULY 2011 ATHLETE OF THE MONTH -JORDAN SWANSON

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BB Athlete.  This month we have Jordan Swanson…

Jordan has been a Bare Bones Athlete since September 2010. He always comes to the workouts with a positive attitude and is constantly supporting the other Athletes. You’ll often find Jordan finish his workout then go back to help the other Athletes complete theirs. This is what is so great about CrossFit. Everyone is supportive of one another and Jordan is a great example of that.  We’re happy to have Jordan AND his family a part of the Bare Bones Community.

Our interview with Jordan….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: I’ve been married to my wife Jill for almost 5 years. I have a stepson named Justin who is 13 and we’re expecting a baby girl in October. We moved to Yorkville in 2006 from the tiny town of Paw Paw. I’m still holding on to my 20’s…for a few more months.

When did you start CrossFitting?Beginning of September 2010

Main reason for joining BBCF? I had heard of crossfit a couple of years prior and had watched some videos of different workouts. I thought it looked pretty awesome and was looking for a way to avoid plateaus which come from isolation lifting.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? I can’t breathe…I’m going to puke…I thought I was in shape…that was awesome. In that order.

Occupation?Correctional Officer for the Illinois Dept. of Corrections

Hobbies/Interests? I really love doing anything competitive. Basketball and golf are my favorite sports. I work midnights so that gives me plenty of time to read.

Words to live by? Everything happens for a reason..there are no coincidences. When it comes to fitness; You only get out what you put in.

What is your fitness background? I’ve worked out pretty consistently for the last 10 years. It mostly consisted of isolated lifting and little cardio. I’ve done P90X twice and did have good results but I lost a lot of strength and Tony Horton might be the most irritating man in the whole.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? Besides the fact it kicks your ass every day, I’d have to say it’s the camaraderie and support inside and outside The Box.

How has BBCF changed your life? It’s definitely made me more health conscious as far as what we eat at home. Also, since my wife and son are members, I think it’s made us closer as a family being able to workout and spend time together…instead of me going to a gym by myself for 2 hours.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? Since I’ve started, I’ve lost about 15 pounds and gained strength everywhere. I’m not the most flexible person in the world, but I’m twice as flexible compared to before I started. My biggest gains have been in leg strength, because I would rarely workout legs before…now I don’t have a choice.

What are your future training goals? To continue to work on getting all the different movements and lifts down to a science, because that’s what it is and that’s why it works. I also hope to become a certified trainer eventually and compete at the national level..that’s quite a ways off :-)

Favorite sport or activity? Besides CrossFitting…I’m going to have to say golf. There’s nothing more relaxing than being on a freshly cut green just after sunrise…putting for birdie.

Recent adventure you’re planning? Well we weren’t exactly planning this adventure but I’m so excited about having a baby. I’ve always wanted a girl and I can’t wait for her to come! I’m sure it’ll be the adventure of a lifetime.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I’m a huge Stephen King nerd.

What is your favorite workout?Probably The Bear Complex because it just feels like it hits everything.

What is your LEAST favorite workout? I think that one goes to Fran. I feel great during the first sets of 21 then I’m completely blown out for the rest of it. I should probably learn to pace myself.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? Adam Brown. It was mine and Jill’s first WOD and I attempted to do it Rx. I didn’t know what a “warrior workout” was then and whole time I was thinking, “Who is Adam Brown and why is he making me do this!” I had a DNF next to my name for that one.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? The one that stands out the most for me was seeing my wife, who was unknowingly 8 weeks pregnant at the time, doing an extremely long bear crawl and not quitting when I knew she wanted to. I was choked up and very proud to see her push herself like that.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit?Don’t quit. CrossFit is a lifestyle and the sense of self accomplishment and overall well being you can achieve through it is immeasurable. Dang, that should be on a t-shirt or something :-)

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JUNE 2011 ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – GAYLE CLAFFY

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BB athlete.  This month we have Gayle Claffy…

Anyone who knows Gayle, knows she has a personality that is inspiring and a joy to be around.  Gayle came to Bare Bones with previous injuries, and through determination and hard work, she has been able to overcome many of her struggles and has seen results with everyday functional movements.  Gayle brings a positive energy to the box and we are happy to have her as part of our community!

Our interview with Gayle….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: I am a single mom and have lived in Yorkville for the last 5 years. I have one older sister and two younger sisters. My brother passed away 2 years ago. I have a daughter, Pamela, who is married to Mike Butler. They have 4 children, Matt, Kelly, (my only granddaughter) and their twins, Brett and Brady. They live in Millington, IL. I also have a son, Kevin, who is single and lives in Orland Park, IL.

When did you start CrossFitting? August 23, 2010.

Main reason for joining BBCF? To get in shape. I have been overweight most of my life and have some health issues. I had discussed this with Dr. Pat Smith and he encouraged me to join.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? Holy Cow!! What am I getting myself into!! I can’t remember the last time I ran 50 yards, let alone complete a 400 meter run.

Occupation? I’m an Administrative Asst. in the Import Dept. with a company that imports dollar goods for dollar stores. I have been with Regent Products for 11 years now and have the opportunity to accompany my boss on 4 buying trips to China. I now stay here at home in the office when she travels with my co-worker. I keep things running while they are gone. I also cashier part-time at the Oswego Walmart.

Hobbies/Interests? I love to read. Two of my favorite authors are John Grisham and James Patterson. I also love to cook, but have rediscovered a healthier way to prepare food while competing in the Paleo Challenge we had here at the gym a couple of months ago. It has been life changing for me and I have continued to eat this way since the challenge ended. I save my cheats for the Bare Bones Nights out.

Words to live by? A Bare Bones Motto that I first saw on one of the T-Shirts:

WHAT YOU DID YESTERDAY DOESN’T COUNT

Inspiring words to live by. Each day is a new adventure and the best is yet to come.

What is your fitness background? I played intramural sports (basketball, volleyball and softball) in grade school and high school, but that’s about it. I joined a gym a few times, but there was never any motivation to continue.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? The teamwork ethic and pushing one another to complete a workout. If I’m the last one out their running the others in my class run right along side me until I am done. Everyone is very supportive of one another.

How has CrossFit changed your life? Exercise is fun now. I am now more motivated to work-out on the days I am not at the box.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? I have lost some weight and gained some lean muscle. I have more stamina and am not as tired as I used to be. My ankle is getting stronger.

What are your future training goals? To get down under 125 lbs and run a 5K. I have disliked running most of my life, but for me to achieve my weight loss goal I need to incorporate running into my work-outs. I’m getting there a little at a time.

Favorite sport or activity? I love to play volleyball and swim. I would love to participate in Hoover Ball.

Recent adventure you’re planning? A destination wedding for my niece in Cozumel, Mexico, from June 29th-July 4th. She is getting married on July 1st. I haven’t had a real vacation in almost 10 years.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I collect frogs-both ceramic and stuffed-all shapes and sizes. The last one I received was on Mother’s Day this year from my grandkids. It’s a frog sitting on a lily pad in a yoga pose and it says: CREATE BALANCE. Love it!!!

What is your favorite workout? 5-4-3-2-1

What is your LEAST favorite workout? KAREN (150 Wallballs)

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? FIGHT GONE BAD on New Year’s Eve.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? Competing in and completing the Cinco De Mile-o sponsored by Bare Bones CrossFit on May 7th. I was the last one to finish, but that was my goal and to have everyone cheering me on at the end was very emotional. Lori Hanson even did my modified burpees with me at the end to finish up. Now, that’s teamwork.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit?

Don’t be intimidated by the work-outs. Give it all you got by showing up and completing each work-out. The results are life changing and rewarding in the end.

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MAY 2011 ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – JANEL MATHISON

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BB athlete.  This month we have Janel Mathison…

Janel Started with Bare Bones in August 2010 and has continued to impress us with her athleticism.  Janel always comes to her workouts ready to put full effort and is constantly pushing herself to do better.  Although Janel has seen outstanding results from first starting CrossFit at Bare Bones, it has been amazing seeing how much improvement came out of switching her diet to the Paleo Plan back in February.  She lost inches off her waist and we saw a huge improvement on her times. We look forward to helping Janel achieve her goals of being a competitor  in the 2012 games!!

Our interview with Janel….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: I am the youngest of three girls with very supportive parents.  My husband, Mike, and I met in college where we both played soccer and have been together for the past 15 years.  We have two boys Jackson (8) and Canon (5) who keep us laughing all of the time. A dog, Ace, who is a 135 lb. St. Bernard / Beagal mix. Mike has his theories on how this combination happened.

When did you start CrossFitting? Beginning of August 2010

Main reason for joining BBCF? I wanted to get a personal trainer. I had done P90X and was successful with it, but got really bored with it also. I wanted to continue with lifting weights and wanted guidance, encouragement, and support at the same time. Joining a “gym” normally hasn’t worked for me.  It is too easy to make excuses.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? “I am really going to like this cross-fit thing”

Occupation? Physical Education Teacher Grades 4-6

Hobbies/Interests? Playing almost all sports, watching my sons play baseball, watching movies, any type of outside activity (I make excuses to be outside), and of course Bare Bones CrossFit.

Words to live by? “Do your best; no one can ask for more”

What is your fitness background? From childhood though high school I swam, played basketball, and soccer. I played soccer for 4 years at Quincy University while earning my degree in Physical Education.  I have always tried to be active (except when I was pregnant, I didn’t want to do anything).  I rode in a century bike race (100 miles). I have ran the Nashville ½ marathon.  I really like to have a challenge to work for, it keeps me motivated and on track to continue exercising. I guess you could say that I like to have a purpose to exercise.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? I love showing up for a workout and having the coaches tell me what to do.  I don’t have to plan anything…it is all already there for me. I appreciate how the coaches know how far they can push me.

How has CrossFit changed your life? CrossFit has made me excited about working out again. Especially with eating the “Paleo” way.  CrossFit and Paleo have become a lifestyle for me.  It is what I “do” not just my current “diet”.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? At first I especially noticed my over all strength increase.  I always thought that I ate o.k but I could do better.  Since doing Paleo and Crossfit together I feel even stronger and healthier.  I have lost weight since starting crossfit, but the benefits / results are so much more than a number on the scale.

What are your future training goals? First of all I have got to get pull-ups down without using the band.  Second of all I would like to work towards competing in the CrossFit games in 2012. California here I come!

Favorite sport or activity? I love to swim and play golf. Both are very relaxing and enjoyable for me.

Recent adventure you’re planning? I would like to try and do a mini triathlon in Lake St. Louis, Missouri. (my husband is just finding out about this)  I am also doing the Warrior Dash in June.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I played the drums from fourth grade through junior year in high school. Marching band, trap set…. I did it all. My husband was totally shocked the first time he heard me play.  (Mostly because I don’t have rhythm when I dance, but I can play the drums. Weird!)

What is your favorite workout? I like the work outs where you have to complete a certain amount of rounds for time.

What is your LEAST favorite workout? I have a harder time pushing myself when trying to complete as many rounds as possible in the time provided.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? Maxing out in the dead lift.  I never thought I could lift that much, or want to lift that much.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? I don’t know if this answers the question……but I really enjoy seeing familiar faces at Bare Bones CrossFit.  The constant encouragement from fellow crossfitters and coaches is amazing.  It is so cool seeing how excited everyone is for each others successes.  We are all competitive, but at the same time so supportive of each other, not only at the “box” but outside of the “box” also.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit: Yes… at some time the soreness will go away.  But it will come back.  Just when I thought something was “easy”, I have been challenged with activities that I never thought I would do in my thirties.  Such as climbing a rope or doing the monkey bars.

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APRIL 2011 ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – SCOTT SIMON

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BB athlete.  This month we have Scott Simon…

Scott was one of our very first athletes at the box.  He has been coming since July 2010 and has the same positive attitude and outgoing personality since the very first day we met him.  He is always staying behind helping other athletes with  various exercises and is very supportive of everyone at BBCF.  We have seen Scott come a long way from his beginning days at BBCF, and mostly that is from his drive and the friendly competitiveness he brings to the box.  Scott has also taken his nutrition seriously and has reaped the benefits!  (it shows!) We are very happy to have Scott with us and are proud of all of his accomplishments. Keep up the great work, Scott!


Our interview with Scott….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family:

My wife Nellymar and I married 9 years ago in 2002.  We have two children, JP (18) and Isabella (7). I will be 43 this May. We live in Yorkville, just a couple of blocks from BBC.

When did you start CrossFitting?

I joined Barebones in July 2010.

Main reason for joining BBCF?

I was not interested in the same old routine and the typical gym. Crossfit is exactly what I want. There is nothing fancy, no meat market atmosphere, no juice bar, and no ego-maniac muscle heads. It’s just me, the coaches and a lot of burpees. Perfect.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?

I had never rowed 500m, and sprinting 400m was something I would have avoided rather than pushed through, so I was feeling good about finishing the WOD. However, I was also very nauseous and was trying not to let Dave notice. Of course I was white as a ghost and he asked if I was feeling sick. Pukie (the bucket) had not arrived yet, so, as if this was completely normal, he told me to just head out to the bushes around the corner. I knew then that this was the gym for me.

Occupation?

I work for Nalco Company as a computer system analyst, but was recently promoted to Infrastructure Project Manager.

Hobbies/Interests?

I tried a bunch of different sports while trying to find something that I could share with my son, JP. Eventually we discovered paintball. JP and I now play for The Hellions Scenario Paintball Team and are sponsored by Tippmann and Challenge Park Extreme Sports in Joliet. We travel with the team to play 12-26 hour scenario events all across the U.S.

Words to live by?

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

What is your fitness background?

Before becoming a computer nerd I worked construction. I have built and installed hundreds of wood play sets, framed houses, roofed houses, plumbing, electrical, landscaping…if its manual labor I’ve done some. I’ve played many sports, have done some lifting and have joined (and quit) several globo-gyms

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?

Coach Dave calls the BBC members his “clan”. Everyone is supportive of one another and despite the friendly competition we all pull together as a team.

How has CrossFit changed your life?

Exercise used to be a chore, like cleaning up the landmines my dog leaves in the yard. It just was not fun. That changed when I joined BBC. WODs change every day and whenever you start to think you have mastered one it humbles you real fast. I also learned proper nutrition. That is a subject that I struggled with all of my life. What we are taught to think of as healthy foods are not and the truth is hidden in plain sight. I love living paleo and have never felt better.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF?

It’s been 8 months since I started WODs.  I’ve lost 25 pounds, learned to eat healthy, lowered my cholesterol such that I threw out my prescription meds, and have lowered my triglycerides over 250 points.  I still don’t like running, but I can run now. I haven’t really run since high school.  I actually consider joining 5K’s now. I think that, somewhere along the way, I may have lost my mind.

What are your future training goals?

I am very close to my optimal weight, but I can still reduce visceral fat and add some muscle. I am working to undo 30 years of less than optimal living. So, adding muscle around joints and regaining the flexibility I once had is important to living well in later years. I simply want to be fit well into my cranky old man stage. Then, when the grandkids get too froggy I can spring up off the couch, chase them down, and scare the mud out of them.

Favorite sport or activity?

Aside from spending time with my family I am a junkie for paintball. I love the WODs and enjoy camping and fishing.

Recent adventure you’re planning?

I’ve never bow hunted before. I am going this September for the first time.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?

I love baseball and have a respectable collection of cards dating back to the early seventies.

What is your favorite workout?

5-4-3-2-1 has a special place in my heart (and stomach). I like that I can gauge performance based on the WOD I did on day one.

What is your LEAST favorite workout?

Without any hesitation…Helton. That WOD made me question my existence on this planet.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones?

There are a few standouts. Certainly Helton and the WOD where I blew out my hamstring. There was one that coach Dave created where we rowed 1500m and did 75 double unders then rowed 1250m and did 60 DU, 1000m and 50DU, 750m and 35DU, 500m and 20DU, 250m and 10DU.  I wanted to crawl in a hole and cry. I still can’t do DU to save my life. I blame Dave, that WOD and the resultant trauma.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments?

The journey is just beginning. When I started I couldn’t do a pull up because of a shoulder strain. I couldn’t jump over a kidney bean and anything METCON was an exercise in sucking wind. I’ve come a long way, but the journey has just begun. I look forward to many more WODs.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit?

The real battle is in your head, so just have fun and don’t quit on yourself. Even when you’re the last one to finish, you’re never really last.  There is always someone cheering you on and often someone will jump back in the WOD and finish with you. The team mentality at BBC is the strongest I’ve ever seen outside of organized sports.

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MARCH 2011 ATHLETE OF THE MONTH- SHAWNNA STRAUSBERGER

In an effort to get to know the outstanding athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BB athlete.  This month we have Shawnna, AKA “Animal”

Shawnna started with Bare Bones back in August of 2010 and has been religiously coming to BBCF since.  Shawnna possesses the drive and determination we love seeing in all of our athletes.  She came with a goal and set out to achieve it.  She has shown she is a team player at Bare Bones as well. When a last minute idea of a competition came up, she stepped in and joined the team with only 2 weeks to prepare.  During the competition, one of her fellow teammates were injured and Shawnna agreed to take on all 4 wod’s that day.  I think this is where she inherited the nickname “Animal”.  We love having Shawnna at Bare Bones and appreciate the positive attitude she has brought to the gym, the support she continues to share with the other athletes, and we can’t forget her sense of humor! Congratulations, Shawnna!

Our interview with Shawnna….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: I have been married to Nate for almost 6 years and we have two children Izzy, 3 & Nick 1 ½ .

When did you start CrossFitting? I joined Bare Bones on August 9, 2010.

Main reason for joining BBCF?I think I was getting tired of being fat so when my friend (Lisa) told me she did this butt-kicking short work out, my curiosity peaked and I joined. I’ve been hooked ever since.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1?Oxygen!! I thought my lungs were going to explode. But it must not have been too bad since I was back for more punishment the next day.

Occupation?Trophy Wife. I taught Jr. High history for 6 years but I decided to leave the glamorous life of teaching behind once we had kids, so now I stay home with them. I just applied for a master’s program in school counseling and guidance so I guess we’ll see where that takes me . . .

Hobbies/Interests? CrossFit is really my only hobby right now. In the summer I like to play volleyball and try to figure out what happened to my softball skills.

Words to live by? “Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can.” It makes life much more enjoyable—and funny.

What is your fitness background? Cheeseburger curls with the occasional side of Zumba. Before CrossFit it had been a good 10 years since I had actually worked out on a normal basis.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?I love how supportive all of the athletes and coaches are of one another. Although there is a competitive aspect to everything we do, everyone is always so willing to teach and help one another improve.

How has CrossFit changed your life? For the first time in my life I enjoy working out and eating right.  I feel better than I ever have and I actually like to run now.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? I have lost 20 pounds and toned up everywhere. I can even see some abs, which I never thought would happen after having a 10 lb. baby!

What are your future training goals? I would like to train as if every day were a competition. I need to focus more on pushing myself harder because I have a tendency to be easily distracted . . .  Oh, and I’d like to figure out this muscle up thing soon.

Favorite sport or activity? I love volleyball; it just doesn’t love me back.

Recent adventure you’re planning? Destination unknown, but it will have a beach, warm weather, unlimited cocktails and no kids!

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I’m a karaoke junkie. If there is a microphone, I’ll probably be on it. Did I mention that I’m also tone deaf?

What is your favorite workout? I don’t have a stand out favorite but I like big work outs like Seven and the Filthy Fifty.

What is your LEAST favorite workout? Right now, anything that involves 100 pull ups, but Helton was definitely the worst. It took me over an hour to do it.

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? Kelly. I smoked my husband on that workout. He didn’t believe my time and called the gym for verification.

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? Every time I accomplish something I was previously unable to do is memorable. Pull ups, double unders, setting a new PR. CrossFit is great because with the coaches pushing you, you’ll always surprise yourself with what you’re capable of.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit?Stick with it! You may feel like it’s killing you in the beginning but it’s only making you stronger. If you show up every day and give it everything you’ve got, you’ll come to love it and see amazing results.

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FEBRUARY 2011 ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – RYAN PEAT

In an effort to get to know the outstanding athletes of Bare Bones CrossFit, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different BB athlete.  This month we have our 5:15 “Monster”, Ryan Peat!

Ryan started with Bare Bones in July 2010.  He was our very first Athlete.  Ryan came to the box with the determination of making a healthy lifestyle change. Ryan has impressed us with his dedication. He’s worked really hard on his Nutrition and has pushed himself to seeing great results. He’s studied and practiced the Olympic lifting techniques on his own time and has never hesitated to help support others. Ryan’s positive attitude and friendly mannerisms are a great asset to Bare Bones. Keep up the great work, Ryan!!

Our interview with Ryan….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: I am married to Vicki, My high school sweet heart.  We have 2 amazing boys, Colton 2 and Owen is 9 months.

When did you start CrossFitting? I started July 5th 2010 with the opening of BB

Main reason for joining BBCF? We moved our office in to the complex next to the box.  I have a friend that is level 1 certified down in Texas, and he was telling me how great Cross Fit is, and kept trying to get me started.  The timing was perfect so I joined as soon as I could.

What were your thoughts after completing the initial 5-4-3-2-1? WOW I am Fat!!!  Which was confirmed by the photos Melissa showed me last week..ha  I really thought I was getting in over my head.

Occupation? Good Question??? I have sold insurance for the last 3 years and have been training to become a law enforcement officer; I have been testing for the last year and hope to get on somewhere asap. In the meantime, it seems I am going to be back in the concrete business, but I am enjoying the extra exercise.

Hobbies/Interests? Any shooting sports, hunting, fishing, camping, anything outdoors.  Music and drums, I have played drums for 20 plus years in various bands, and various styles of music from hardcore to country.

Words to live by? I can do anything for (insert amount of time) ie…for the fight gone bad, “I can do anything for 60 seconds”.

What is your fitness background? I have worked out in the globogyms and have built a home gym, with the same results, I work for a couple weeks and then let it go for a few months.  I have never been as motivated as I am with crossfit.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit? The group setting, I know everyday there is going to be someone there pushing me.

How has CrossFit changed your life? I make healthier choices now (most of the time) I have had some serious back problems in the past, and have never been able to get past them.  With the loss of weight and the training in functional movement, I haven’t thought about my back for the first time in 15 years.

What results have you seen so far since coming to BBCF? So far I’ve lost 20+ lbs but gained lots of muscle…. doing things I’ve never been able to do, bench 300 lbs, pull-ups, and I keep seeing my run times go down.  My initial 5-4-3-2-1 time was 8:57 with green bands. The last one was at 5:21 Rx.

What are your future training goals? I want to get my weight down under 200 lbs.  however, I am more focused on being functional and healthy so I am not as concerned about the weight as I once was.  I know if I eat right and train hard I will get there.

Favorite sport or activity? Outside of the box, hunting…and I know it sounds cheesy but crossfit has become a favorite part of my life.  Outside of my family there is not anywhere else I want to spend my spare time.

Recent adventure you’re planning? Going to the Northwoods with some friends for our annual guys trip.  We go to Wisconsin to shoot guns, ride quads, drink and play cards!

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I am a nerd when it comes to history.  I collect WWII firearms

What is your favorite workout? Fight gone bad

What is your LEAST favorite workout? Any tabata

What is your most memorable workout with Bare Bones? Helton…that one is a bastard!

Do you have any other special or successful Bare Bones CrossFit memories/moments? Doing my first pull up.  When I started in July, Dave had to assist me on inverted rows.  After that I did not ever see myself doing unassisted pull ups.  It helps me stay motivated as I am still shooting for that first muscle up.

What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit? Just keep showing up and working hard.  The movements will come with practice just keep pushing.